I know it's Christmas Eve. I know I have quite a bit left to do before I can call the day "done" but this is on my heart to share, and I am convinced that just because it's a holiday (the greatest one at that) I don't need to NOT post.
Do you celebrate Christmas in the traditional way of sharing gifts with those you love? Gift buying, shopping, and wrapping can be so fun and yet sometimes so overwhelming at the same time. It can bring joy or anxiety. Peace or concern. The difference is the motive behind the gift. If you are giving a gift because you are "supposed to" then do yourself a favor right now at this moment and say "NO MORE!"
Do you want to know the greatest gift you can give someone? I know that many are expecting me to say Jesus and while that is true there is something different on my heart. If your offended at that ~ then maybe you should evaluate why. If your not ~ I encourage you to keep reading!
The greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of YOU being your true self. That's right. It won't cost you a dime... or will it? Let me tell you something you might not understand at first. This will be the most expensive gift you can give someone. Being your true genuine self. Do you know why? Because you are going to have to let go of any false idea that you might have alluded to whether it has been to yourself, your family, friends, strangers. Stop being something your not, and get to know what you are.
People do not stay the same ~ and they shouldn't be expected to remain the same. They change. Their lives change. Their needs change. Those things change who they are, and how they handle various situations. (When I say they, I mean you too. I am speaking in general.) Expecting yourself or others to remain the same is asking them to live a humdrum boring life with no passion, dreams, or goals. Getting in touch with who you are, will allow those passions, dreams, and goals to not only rise to the surface but be reached.
Again, I say the best gift you can give someone is yourself. By doing so, you free your energy, focus, and soul to embrace the day you have been given as the gift it was given as. When you simply live under someone else's vision for your life ... you are simply surrendering your life, energy, and passion to someone else's dream for you.... and to be honest that is impossible. You will in turn die. Maybe not physically but emotionally, spiritually, and any gift you may have been able to offer to the world... will be lost forever. But please know... by giving this gift you will have some who will not receive it so graciously. In fact, they may even leave you alone ~ because you did not remain stagnant and move forward in your life. Just as some refuse to accept the gift of Jesus, some will refuse the gift of you. But don't let that stop you!
From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry and Whole Christmas!