Over the holidays, we can get so caught up in the hustle bustle that we can forget the true meaning of exchanging gifts. I don’t think we should take lightly the giving of gifts; it is far more than an annual obligation. It’s so much more . . .
3 Powerful Insights About Giving Gifts You Can Model for Your Kids
1. It takes your eyes off yourself and on to someone else.
“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35b NLT
2. You’re showing honor to those to whom you give the gift.
“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold,frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 NLT
3. You’re imitating Jesus who gave the gift of himself.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
Beyond the giving of the physical gifts, remember your gifts are giving a little piece of yourself that honors the receiver. So this Christmas, first take time to cherish the most important gifts in your own life, your family and friends. Then, gift them with the most important gifts you have to give . . . your time, your full attention, and your unconditional love. Help your kids to learn to give these priceless gifts of self. Then, help them select or make gifts from their hearts to bless and show honor to others . . . the make their day kind of gifts! That’s modeling a lifestyle of meaningful giving to your kids, and that’s a great gift in itself.
S. Courtney Lawson
Writer and speaker Sandy Lawson recently hit two Amazon.com best-seller lists with the new business book, "Transform," co-authored with best-selling author and speaker Brian Tracy.
Sandy Lawson serves as a Care Pastor at Element Church, in Wentzville Missouri, one of the fastest growing churches America. Sandy recently joined noted business development expert, best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy, along with a select group of the world's leading experts, to co-author the book titled, Transform: The World's Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Get to the Heart and Soul of Transforming your Life, Business & Health. The book was released on September 18, 2014 by CelebrityPress™ - a leading business book publisher.
On the day of release, Transform reached best-seller status in two Amazon.com categories - reaching as high as #6 in the "Direct Marketing" category. The book also reached best-seller status in the "Marketing and Small Business" category. Sandy contributed a chapter titled, "The Relationship Transformation...Taking Relationships From Terminal to Transformed."
Sandy Lawson has over 30 years of experience partnering with her husband, Kip, in family ministry and outreach. She's had the privilege of serving on staff at three mega churches prior to Element Church. In addition, she and her husband also had the honor of building the bus ministry of the Oneighty Youth Group at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 400 riders weekly to nearly 1,500 riders each week.
Her biggest joy is coaching people in their personal relationships and helping them reach their God-given potential. She and her husband have helped hundreds of couples turn failing marriages into happily-ever-afters, as well as assisting parents in their quest to create healthy thriving families. In their career, Sandy and her husband have been a major influence in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults around the world. Sandy is the mother of three, and the grandmother of eight wonderful grandkids. She and her husband have been married over 46 years.
She is the author of a parenting book, "Parenting Through the Mirror" which explores the concept that great parenting must begin with personal transformation. She is also the author and illustrator of a children's geology book, "Iggy and the Volcano" that teaches kids the cycle of igneous rocks. Sandy is a freelance writer, speaker, blogger and was a major contributor to an internationally distributed children's curriculum.
After such a successful release, Sandy Lawson will once again be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors™, an organization that honors authors from many of the leading independent best-seller lists.
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