Patty LaRoche: The Gift of Giving

Last week I wrote about Akrasia, the state of acting against our better judgment. We “almost” do the right thing but then come up with a kajillion excuses as to why we shouldn’t follow through. During this Christmas season, I have come up with 15 ways we can be a blessing to others. I can think of no better way to turn our “almosts” into action.

  1. Give a compliment, especially in crowded lines where nerves are frayed.
  2. Call the Customer Service Line listed on your receipt and take time to give an employee credit.
  3. Donate blood.
  4. Shop local. Adopt a family and deliver presents for them to open on Christmas day. Once a month, surprise them with a gift card, movie tickets or a bag of groceries on their doorstep.
  5. Find a neighbor with a need and meet it. Trim their tree. Shovel their snow. Weed their garden. Wash their windows.
  6. Speak to a school counselor to obtain the name of students in need. Adopt that student anonymously and meet his/her needs during the school year.
  7. Serve at a homeless shelter or volunteer at a nursing home.
  8. Have your children run cold drinks out to your garbage man, postman or school bus driver.
  9. Bake goodies for the local police and fire department…once a month.
  10. Surprise a homebound person with a pizza.
  11. Pay for someone’s gas (hint: better a Volkswagen than a semi-truck).
  12. Offer to take down the Christmas lights for the elderly or a single mom.
  13. If you know of a wife, mother, or family of a soldier serving overseas, come up with ways you can fill their loneliness and meet their physical needs.
  14. Give a gift of sponsorship to feed a child, provide clean water for a community, rescue a child from sex slavery, or whatever it is you or the gift receiver are most passionate about.
  15.  Share what Christmas is really about.  If you do nothing else on this list, do not neglect this last one.  Believe it or not, lots of people know only that Jesus was a baby, there was no room in the inn and the angels sang.  That’s about it.  They don’t know why He came.  They don’t know who He came for.  You need to share with them the truth.

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

It will be the best gift you ever can give.

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