With Privilege Comes Responsibility

“Ms. Hatcher, we’d like to present you with these cross necklaces as a token of our appreciation.” I stared at the two necklaces in my hand delicately wrapped in a sheet of copy paper, then looked up at the prisoner who handed them to me and grinned…

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The Ultimate Gift

It was Christmas morning. We sat on the floor surrounded with crumpled paper and presents watching our then one-year-old daughter squeal and clap over her gifts. The tree twinkled on and off while out of the corner of my eye, I saw our then four-year-old son, Colin, climb onto the couch wearing his coveted new gift – a Superman cape.

Before my head could even fully turn to look at him, he lifted his arms and launched his small body up and out through the air. As quick as he jumped, he fell to the floor – flat on his stomach. I gasped and moved, in motherly instinct, to check on him, but he was standing before I could reach him. With hands on his hips and his eyebrows furled, he stared at us in disbelief and said, “This thing doesn’t work.”

We still laugh over the memory of that Christmas morning. Kids and adults alike wake up Christmas morning full of expectation. We hold our breath hoping the gifts we’ve selected are the right ones. Our hearts quicken as we unwrap the ones marked for us, wondering if our loved ones heard our subtle hints for particular items.

But there is a gift that always works. It never needs batteries, and it’s one size fits all. It’s the gift of Christ. He is the ultimate gift for anyone on your list. So, as you prepare for the oohs and ahhs of Christmas morning, add just one more present under your tree. Give Christ away this Christmas.

But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NIV


Re-Gifting: Is it Really Okay?

“Oh my! You shouldn’t have!” No really, you shouldn’t. That silver plated moose walnut cracker from your Uncle Morris or perhaps it was the reindeer sweater with jingle bells on the antlers from your mother-in-law. All of us have been the recipient of a gift that was, shall we say, less than desirable…

This is a re-post. But it’s one of my favorites. Re-visit it with me today at 5 Minutes for Faith. Click HERE to read the rest of the devotion.