Giving Gifts That Matter

What was your favorite Christmas gift? Where is it now? If you are like most of us that gift succumbed to either being broken, or being stolen or obsolete. Want to give gifts that matter? Consider giving the eternal gifts of God.

Top 2014 holiday gifts:      

  •  Wearable fitness activity trackers
  • Small laptops or tablets
  • High-end headphones (Bose or Beats by Dr. Dre)
  • GoPro wearable cameras
  • Smartwatch (Apple or Samsung)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet
  • Smartphones (LG G3, Apple iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy, HTC One

These wonderful items will be under the trees of many Americans, making kids of all ages happy beyond belief.

Christmas is a big commercial event for the business of our country. It is estimated that nearly 80% of all retail sales are generated during the holiday seasons.

The bottom line is our consumer spending during this period put people to work and provides a big punch to our economy.

While many of us may covet the items on the most wanted list, God commands us to live a life not dominated by materialism:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

This verse tells us the obvious pitfall about accumulating a ton of stuff:

  • Our beats headphone will break or become obsolete
  • The Smartwatch will be stolen
  • And we never have enough time to fully enjoy the Kindle

However, when we store our treasures in things eternal, they will never become obsolete. They will not be stolen, and God will always give us the time for them.

Top 2014 Heavenly Treasures

  • Prayer
  • Praise
  • Gratefulness

While the top holiday gifts are nice, this year, I hope you will consider doing what I and countless others will do for the ones they love and give heavenly treasures.   Let’s consider the value of each one:

Prayer

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22

Prayer is our lifeline to the Lord. It is our gateway. It is the way to peace, happiness and to get things done.

Gift Suggestion: Give the Gift of Prayer

Find out what people on your list really need for the coming year. Certainly, give them some of the material items they want. However, pray for them regarding everything else. Your faithfulness with God will make an immense difference far more than any material thing you can provide.

Praise

Let All That I am Praise The Lord  Psalm 104: 1

Praise is the action, the demonstration, the essence of telling God and the entire world of His goodness, His might, His love and so much more.  

Gift Suggestions: 30 Days of Praise

We should exalt God for His power and creativity; and continuously praise Him all the days of our lives. However, in his praise we should also acknowledge God for His greatest creation, the human race.

We were created for praise so let’s take our praise to a new level. For the next thirty days let’s go out of our way to sincerely and honestly praise, our friends, family, co-workers and others that come into our lives. In my post Let All That I am Praise The Lord I outline a strategy for giving the gift of praise.

Gratefulness

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   1 Thessalonians 5:18

We will never receive full contentment in material things. For as scripture tells us they will become obsolete, they will break or they will be stolen.

Therefore, let’s find solace in the things that we have, and count the blessings of gratefulness.

Gift Suggestion: A Daily Practice of Gratitude

Stephanie Milton, a 28 year old Christian author, from Bon Aqua, Tennessee, writes in her blog about a practice of gratitude she takes part in and the abundance it has given to her life.    

“In 2008, I started a daily practice of gratitude as part of my spiritual studies. Each night before bed, I wrote down at least 15 things that I was thankful for-for example: I had clothes to wear, a fridge that was full of healthy food, a roof over my head, a safe car to drive, and a family that loved me.    

After about a month, I noticed that I had more money in my bank account. It turns out I had been spending less and less; because there was less and less that I wanted.  

Several years later, I still write in the journal occasionally; but mostly, I talk about things that I’m grateful for throughout the day-be it a great parking spot or rain coming to water our garden.

I continue to feel so grateful with what I already have that there are few things left that I truly desire. I used to waste money on cheap items that I never really used, such as makeup or nail polish. Now, I no longer buy something just to buy it. 

If I see something I like, I ask myself three things before buying: Where will I put it in my small house? Will I use it? Do I really need it? The item has to satisfy question number one, plus either number two or three.”

Final Thoughts: Give Gifts That Matter 

What was the favorite toy given to you for Christmas? Where is it now? If you are like most of us that toy succumbed to either being broken, or being stolen or obsolete.

However, what remains is the memory of how that gift made you feel. When you give the heavenly gifts of Prayer, Praise and Gratefulness we are storing treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

This holiday season give heavenly gifts; because they are gifts that matter.

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a born again Christian studying to become an ordained minister. The intent of these blogs is to spread the gospel in support of the Great Commission: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:16-20

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