The best gifts I remember getting from my parents were gifts of wisdom.
1. Love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul.
This gift of biblical truth seems pretty simple at first glance. But the amazing power of God’s Word has taken me through a life of countless trials, disappointments, sickness, losses, heartbreaks and tons of blessings and it works! I’m still here and thankful for each day.
2. Learn to give and receive gifts graciously—it’s a sign of maturity.
GIVE without expecting anything in return, and your heart will be full. ACCEPT every gift by saying, “Thank you so much!” Especially at Christmas. I passed this wisdom on to our kids: never say “Oh, I already have this,” and disappoint the giver.
3. Love as if this is your last goodbye.
This came from my dad, who lived too short a life on this earth. Once in the hospital, he said “I love you, Sis.” I answered, “Sure Dad, I love you, too.” He responded, “Yes, but I want to make sure you know just in case we don’t have lunch together again until heaven.”
4. Think before you speak. People talk too much. Some things are better left unsaid.
All of which I constantly forget to remember.
5. Enjoy the moment.
My parents were both GREEN, and I truly believe they easily enjoyed each moment. Oh, that the rest of us would take heed, and realize time flies by too quickly. 2014 is nearly gone. Enjoy the moments ahead!
Merry Christmas from our house to yours!