Gifts

Read James 5: 10-11

Most of us will be giving gifts to our friends, family and even pastors~~  How often do we extend that same loving gesture when it comes to ourselves?

How good a friend are you to yourself? Most of us are very good at celebrating our friendships with little gestures and gifts that say we care. But what do you give yourself that could qualify as a gift? A little self-indulgence is a healthy thing, which could mean buying yourself that new compact disc, treating yourself to dinner out or hiring someone to wash and wax your car.

Now, if self-indulgence has been your life story, I’m not talking to you. And if, by giving yourself a gift, you will be irresponsibly depriving others, I’m not talking to you, either. But most of us can give gifts to ourselves that don’t cost a cent.

For example: A little mid-day nap, Allowing yourself to linger over a cup of coffee, Taking a quiet stroll after dinner, Cutting a garden bouquet for your own enjoyment, Curling up on the couch for an hour or two with a great book are all possibilities for great self-indulgence.

Gifts like these are ways of being friendly to you. Of course, it’s crucial that we give to others too. But if you give only to others, your need to receive as well may become a demanding burden to your friendships.

So if you really want to nurture yourself, take a moment from time to time and ask, “How friendly have I been to me today?”

THE PRAYER: As we give of ourselves this holiday season Lord help us to remember ourselves. We need your love and your grace in our lives and we need to take care of ourselves so we can do your work in the world. Amen.

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