‘Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ ~Luke 6:38


One night some troublemakers broke into a department store.  They didn’t steal or destroy anything, but they had a wonderful time switching price tags!

The next morning customers were puzzled and delighted to find fur coats selling for $5, cold cream for $150, umbrellas for $1,000 and diamond rings for $2.

Has something come into your life that has switched price tags on your values?  Are things of time more valuable than things of eternity?  Are material gifts worth more than gifts of the Spirit?  If so, let me suggest some ways to re-establish your priorities and to give some gifts that are timeless.

To your neighbors, nice or not, give thoughtful consideration.  Be slow to gossip, quick to sympathize, ready to help – praying all the while that God will give them the necessary patience to live next to you.

To your parents, give loving appreciation for the years of time, effort and money that they invested in you.  Do for them the little things that give them pleasure.

To your spouse, give a frank, honest reappraisal of yourself.  Remember how much he or she has had to put up with and for how long.  Ask yourself, “If I were my spouse, am I the sort of person I would want to come home to?”

To your children, although you are not a perfect parent,  you can give them more of the one they have – and make that one more loving.  Be available, knowing that a parent needs to be, as God is, ‘a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1).  Give your children the eternal verities (truths) of the Word of God.

These are gifts of the heart and of the spirit.  There are those you love who long for (and desperately need) these gifts.  Commit yourself to give them those gifts timeless and eternal.


‘Forgive me, Lord, for paying more attention to my needs than to the needs of those whom You have called me to serve.  Please give me strength to serve others – and You – with joy.’

~Day 17 of Letters from Ruth’s Attic

I have read and reread these words, and every time they convict and encourage.  I pray they can do the same for you.  Christmas is upon us, and I pray that none of us miss it – miss Him.  Remember, Jesus was in no place special the night He was born.  I enjoy decorating and listening to music and seeing all the lights, and honestly, I think Jesus delights in them too because we delight in them.  Nevertheless, Jesus came as a “rustic,” and we mustn’t forget to go looking where we least expect a King to be.  Blessings and joy and enjoyment for us all this Christmas, but, even more, Jesus for us all this Christmas!