Is giving always tangible? No, really. I want you to think about it. Is an action that results in the reception of something physical from one to another the only qualification for giving? Well, since it is the giving season, I will give you the answer.
Giving is not always tangible. Now, had you asked me this question about a month ago, my answer might have been a resounding “Yes!” But a month ago I had not gone to Petit Goave, Haiti. A month ago I had no idea what giving really is. A month ago I had no clue that there were multiple avenues that led to giving, and many of them do not require anything transferring from another’s hand to my own.
What makes intangible giving worth talking about? What makes intangible giving so much more valuable than the most expensive tangible gift that could possibly be given?
I’m sure that was not the profound revelation that you were expecting, but why not? Just when did love become mundane, anyway?
Love is as profound now was it was when Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, hung on a cross for sins that I had not yet committed.
Love is what I felt in a quaint candlelit church service in Haiti when a little girl, that I did not know and who did not know me, squeezed life into me through a hug.
Love is in a gentle touch from a loved one during a season of bereavement.
Love is overlooking another’s annoying idiosyncrasies because of the knowledge of our own.
Love is the same now as it has always been; we’ve just assigned different meanings to it. That’s why many people are looking for love in the “gift” of a diamond ring, a brand new car, an expensive watch or the latest pair of Jordans. Because sometimes we equate love to the tangible things we receive from people.
But real love has no price. It is free and more powerful than any “tangible” expression could ever be. Real love gives LIFE.
So this season when you give, remember to do so with love. It is truly the only gift that keeps on giving.
Life Dare: Many of you know we’re in the middle of our #31DayGivingChallenge, a HO HO HO LOTTA GIVING. Today I dare you to join us in Giving Challenge Day 9 – Let someone go in front of you in line. Simply practicing random acts of kindness lift our hearts and blesses others. Let’s begin to share the gift of love and kindness with the world today.
If you want to see the complete list of challenges, click HERE. The entire list is pinned to the top of our Facebook page. So come on, you know you want to join the fun.