“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
Christmas is the time of year when we are encouraged to give more to help meet the needs of those who are less fortunate. This leads us to focus mainly on giving monetary gifts, hampers, and other items to charitable organizations and individuals.
Yes, these gifts are great, but what about volunteering our time and talents to assist these organizations and individuals? You see, time spent with someone can change a life forever. It can also build great relationships, friendships, and memories.
When you give up your time and talents, it is a big sacrifice, but seeing the joy you have placed within someone’s heart will make it all worth the effort.
So this Christmas, whatever you decide to give, let it be your best gift. For God loves a cheerful giver.
Father in heaven, help us to give cheerfully and meet the needs of others. Not to be seen or heard by men for doing these deeds but from a heart full of love for others.
In Jesus’ name… Amen.