I confess I have been a bit slack over the Christmas period, as well as not jumping straight on to the New Year’s message bandwagon. I have however, enjoyed reading other people’s insights and experiences.
One of my favourite stories to have emerged over this time of giving and receiving was about the couple in Northern Ireland who won a record-breaking £114,969,775 lottery prize. You may well have seen the headlines and realised that the story is not about how much they won but how they plan to spend it.
They are going to give the vast majority of it away to friends, family and a few favourite charities.
Wow, what a way to begin the year!
Whilst it is of course, always lovely to be given a beautiful gift by someone you love, it is surely true that it is even more pleasurable to be the giver of the gift and watch the recipient’s face light up and often be overcome with emotion at the sheer thought that has gone into such a gift, or the effort it must have required to produce it.
So, if I am going to yield to the temptation of giving you a challenge for this New Year, how about this for size:
What could be the best thing you could give to someone else?
It may be a gift that costs you a fair bit of money but it could also be something that requires your time, energy and thought.
Or simply means giving your very best in such a way that will truly bless that other person.