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A Cheerful Giver

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I remember growing up in a family who loves Christmas. My mom would dress up our house as early as November and would take down decors as late as February. I think she has like five tubs of decors, garlands that would cover the entire house, pretty glitter ribbons and her signature gold gift wrap. If there’s one very obvious thing I got from her it’s all of the above and that she is such a cheerful giver.

As early as 8 years old, I was immersed in the art of gift wrapping. Even though my sisters and I have better things to do, we were given this task to complete our lovely tree. I can see the delight in her eyes, just by wrapping, it seems like she’s the most accomplished woman in the world. In the same spirit, today, God gave us his only son because he was that delighted to us.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

How do you give?

There are times I would see my mom’s wallet with just 20 pesos left because she gave us everything she has. And as far as I can remember, she never complained. Sure she wanted more but she was always grateful and happy.

I don’t recall reading anything in the Bible that God was sad the day the angels told Mary that she will bear a child. He wasn’t even sad the day Jesus was crucified.

Matthew 3:17

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.”

It’s probably the worst feeling ever. Giving something precious to someone who is undeserving. But God is love and he loves a cheerful giver.

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Most of us have our fair share of this experience. There are times you’re holding back on giving thinking this person is not worth it. There are also times that you’d rather keep everything to yourself because you’re thinking you are worth everything. And those times you say to yourself (and to everyone else) It’s the thought the counts. If the thought counts, what kind of thoughts are those? Do you give just so you can give or do you give because you fully understand the real meaning of this season?

I know this is too much to ask, but when you give out gifts today (or in any other occasion) I hope you’ve spent time to think about the person because God surely did thought of how he can save a sinner like you and me. And the best part is, HE DID NOT THINK TWICE!

So have a Blessed Merry Christmas Guys! May your tummies be full and your spirit be cheerful!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

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