Eight Gifts that Don’t Cost a Penny

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! -1 Peter 4:7-11, The Message

I can’t tell you how many different places I’ve seen the following list. It seems like it pops up everywhere. No one seems to know who the author is, either. Nevertheless, it’s a list worth reflecting on. There are gifts on this list that you can give to others. There are also gifts that you can give to yourself. No matter who the recipient is, why not give out a few well deserved gifts today?

1. The gift of listening… But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response, just listening.

2. The gift of affection… Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3. The gift of laughter… Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4. The gift of a written note… It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note, or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. The gift of a compliment… A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job,” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6. The gift of a favor… Every day go out of your way to do something kind.

7. The gift of solitude… There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. The gift of a cheerful disposition… The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone; really it’s not that hard to say “hello” or “thank you”.

This list seems to provide a practical way of being the blessing to one another that we are called to be. Go ahead, be a blessing today!

Blessings to all,

-bill

About a fellow sojourner

a sojourner in life, trying to follow in the steps of Jesus.
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6 Responses to Eight Gifts that Don’t Cost a Penny

  1. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for taking time each day to share your heart for the Lord with all of us. You are an inspiration and an encouragement, and I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family. Each time I come to the Spiritual Oasis, I go away refreshed and renewed.

  2. Donna says:

    Thank you. You can’t imagine how much I need this today!

  3. Kathy says:

    An 8-step look in the spiritual mirror, imho. Good guidelines for encouragement of others. What a different world we’d live in if we could all live by this list, adding only one to the list – Sharing Jesus with those you love and meet in your life.

    Bless you Bill for being so faithful toyour readers, even in this time of grieving and mourning. May God’s comfort come to you quickly, changing the acute pain of loss to sweet memories of a life so loved and lived so well!

  4. Greg England says:

    The gift of a fine blog!
    I heard of a person who ran an ad in a major newspaper stating he would listen for $$$ an hour and was swamped with phone calls! People long to be heard. And understood. And loved.

  5. Bill says:

    God’s blessings in our lives come in many forms. In recent weeks one of the richest of these blessings has been my new-found-blogging-friends. God bless you all. Thank you for your kind words here and via email. They have been such an encouragement to me! -bill

  6. Dee Andrews says:

    I love that list, Bill, and try to practice them all. Some, as in the very first, I have to discipline myself to do – to truly be quiet and patient and listen. I tend to spurt ahead with a myriad of questions for the person I’m talking with in a desire to get to know them better. But I often find in my haste to get to know more superficial things about them, perhaps, I miss the deeper, more quiet things they are trying to share with me if I will but be quiet and truly listen.

    That lesson alone takes, I’ve found, a lifetime to perfect, but is one well worth perfecting.

    Thanks, Bill, for the list of 8 top notch gifts to give, both to others and to ourselves.

    Be of stout heart, my friend. Give some of those gifts to yourself. You are worth them, just as much as anyone.

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