Gifts don't always have to be elaborate. The heart of the giver is much more important than the contents of the gift box.
With Christmas right around the corner, it’s easy to let the busyness of the season take our focus off of what’s really important. For me, one of my favorite parts of celebrating God’s gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the opportunity to give generously to the people I love. And I make it my goal to keep my focus on that spirit of giving throughout the season. It helps me keep the parties and preparations in perspective, so I can truly experience the joy of giving.
The gifts themselves don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. The heart of the giver is much more important than the contents of the gift box. When I give from the heart, I receive much in joy. I believe it truly is “more blessed to give than to receive.”
Here are some of my favorite quotes on giving. I hope they help you focus on giving with love to the people in your life.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
~ Winston Churchill
"There are two kinds of gratitude: the sudden kind we feel for what we receive, and the larger kind we feel for what we give."
~ Edward Arlington Robinson
“You cannot all abandon your possessions, but at least you can change your attitude about them. All getting separates you from others; all giving unites to others.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi
“One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
~ Proverbs 11:24-25
“The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.”
~ Martin Luther
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
~ Simone De Beauvoir
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
~ Albert Pike
“It's easier to take than to give. It's nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.”
~ Joan Marques
“There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.”
~ Oscar Hammerstein II
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
~ Maya Angelou
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“There's a great joy in my giving. It's thrilling. It's exhilarating. It's important to be a part of sharing. It is my love. It is my joy.”
~ W. Clement Stone