The Gift of Time

By Pastor Vern Kratz

Christmas is a busy season. I get it.

But in the midst of the busyness do you ever catch yourself saying, “I don’t have time”?

I know that I have overused that statement. Sometimes I have said it out loud, and many times I have thought it in my heart that “I don’t have time.”

I took a moment to think about that statement and realized that it is really untrue, or at least incomplete. The fact is we all have time. Everyone’s day has the same number of minutes and hours in it. The question is what are we going to do with it? How are we prioritizing our time?

How we spend our time really shows what is important to us and where our heart is at.

What most of us really mean when we say we don’t have time is that we have put more things on our “to do” list or on our agenda than we have moments for.

When we tell someone that we don’t have time what we really mean is that we don’t have time for them, and whatever else we are doing is more important than they are.

If you are like me you still have some people on your list that you need to find Christmas gifts for.

Here are a few gift ideas you may not have thought of:

Attend your grandchild’s Christmas pageant.

Listen to a friend tell you a story.

Go for a walk with your spouse.

Play Monopoly with your children.

Take a co-worker out for coffee.

Ask a senior about their favorite Christmas memory.

Phone your aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Have dinner with your siblings.

Make a greeting card for your parents.

Visit someone in the hospital or care home.

Maybe some of these things aren’t real options for you. I’m sure you can think of other items that can go on this list. Most of these things won’t cost you much money – but you will have to spend some of your time.

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you can give someone this Christmas is your time.

Merry Christmas!

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