Give the Gift of Your Time This Christmas
“We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.” 1 John 3:18 (GW)
This Christmas give the gift of your time.
Time is your most precious commodity because your time is your life. You only have a certain amount of it. God has already decided the number of days you are going to live. And you’re not going to get any more.
You can always get more money, but you cannot get more time. So, when you give someone your time, you are giving that person a portion of your life that you will never get back. That’s why it’s a priceless gift.
If nothing else, 2020 has reminded us that relationships should always take priority in our lives.
But the truth is that many relationships are starved for time. People may live in the same home, but they pass each other like ships in the night, with a goodbye kiss here and there. Relationships die when time together dries up.
Many things can rob a relationship of the time it needs to thrive. Work can rob a relationship. Activity can rob a relationship. Hobbies can rob a relationship. Even too much church involvement or ministry can rob a relationship.
You may wonder, “How can I have more time for those I love?” Start by turning off the TV and setting down your phone! Those two simple changes will help you make time for others a priority.
This Christmas slow down and make the time, give your time, for your family and for the other people God brings into your life. God has given you the gift of time so that you can give it away to other people.
Talk It Over
-- What are the top three things -- even if they are not necessarily bad things -- that keep you from giving your time to people in your life?
-- What is one practical change you can make to give more time to others this Christmas season?
-- How has this past year helped you recognize the importance of investing time in relationships? How do you think you will look at time differently in a post-pandemic world?
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