We are 3 days away from one of my favorite days of the year.. December 25th!
Recently, I’ve been people watching (I know it’s weird, but don’t be actin like you don’t do it!) and people are SO on a hunt for the BEST gift. They are so desperate, they become stressed out! And don’t get me started on the ones who end up receiving unexpected early gifts.. They freak out wanting to impulse buy out of obligation. But is that what it’s all about? Presents?
Let’s get one thing clear right now before I continue.. I am a giver. I love to bless my loved ones with gifts. I also don’t mind receiving them either ha, but Christmas isn’t about presents under the tree…or a tree period.
I just want to remind you of one thing and then I’ll be done 😊
Christmas is about celebrating the greatest life we could’ve ever been graced with. Jesus. He became the gift of life for us then, so we could have the ability to be that gift now.
When we accepted what He did for us, and gave Him permission to live with us, we were given the same anointing that was on His life. Which enables us to be life givers.
Now, I’m not saying you can pile up some dirt and breathe life into it- that’s kinda Frankensteinish- I’m saying, we have the awesome opportunity to give LIFE away. Our life.
LIFE- time, love, attention, care, provision, advice, counsel, prayer, joy, hope, encouragement, etc.
That’s my life definition. To “give LIFE” away looks like spending time, loving on someone, giving your full attention, showing you care, providing when you see a need, offering advice and following through if it’s accepted, counseling through an issue- helping them walk through it-, simply praying for someone- really not just saying, “I’m praying!” Or “I’ll be praying!” And not actually do it-, releasing joy and hope into their current situations just by smiling and offering all these things to them along with encouragement to seal it all in.
We have been given such a gift in this life. We learn daily about the goodness of God and how wonderful it is to live knowing Jesus! We can’t keep all that to ourselves..
“What are you saying Tanisha?”
I’m saying let’s give LIFE away for Christmas. Let’s take a step back and actually get to know our loved ones. No matter how often you’re around them you can always learn something new.
Let’s put our phones down– Instagram can wait to see your beautiful face with your family later, it’s not going anywhere- and actually go further than the mundane conversation that goes like, “I’ve missed you! How have you been ??”
“I know it’s been awhile! I’ve been great how about you?!”
“I’ve been great too!”
“That’s awesome ::smile::”
And then you both look around and feel awkward so you grab the phone…. No! Stop it! Ask questions! Dig deeper! Have the obvious intention to spend time getting to know them. You may find out something isn’t so great and gold coated, simply because vulnerability comes out in safe places.
Family, friends-relationships- are so important. I recently got to be apart of something greater within my family’s lives and Papa showed off with just how great His love really is! My husband and I spent time no matter how late it was, to release LIFE over them. The reward is hearing the shift take place. The one where hopelessness and despair turn into hope and joy! It’s so worth it.
Don’t be concerned with the presents under the tree… Be concerned with the present in being PRESENT during this time.
After all, the giver is Papa, the wrapping is Jesus, and the gift is YOU.
Celebrate Jesus in honoring Him with your life and following His footsteps in giving life away. Christmas is brighter and less stressful when we focus on what truly matters and what it’s all about.
I’ll tell you a little secret: your presence will mean more to them than your sacrifice to wait in line to get that extra on sale present, or the last minute one. They won’t feel like you love them less.. If you intently spend your time with them. If they do…slap em. And reveal the truth that they are loved! (Hah ok don’t slap em.. That’s not helpful)
Christmas presence– the visible, tangible, occurring, awareness of love, life, joy, and every other good thing. 😉
Papa,I thank you for the reason behind this wonderful season. I thank you for your son Jesus. I thank you that His life was the greatest example of what you want our lives to look like. I thank you that you loved us so much to sacrifice your only son so that we could have a chance to live. Papa I pray that this Christmas we would fully grasp what it means to be present. To come into a greater understanding of the birth of Jesus and the beauty of His story. I pray that it would not only be in this season but it would overflow to our new year. Help us to give life away, give us words of encouragement, wisdom, and knowledge to be a priceless blessing to our loved ones. We ultimately want you to be exalted Papa so they may know you more. Thank you for choosing us for such a time as this. I’m overwhelmed. I love you, in Jesus name, amen.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
Merry Christmas my beautiful gems, I hope it’s the best yet!
Tanisha Poni 💜