The holiday season is upon us once again. And Christmas is considered the season of giving. When most people think of giving to others, their first thought is financial. But you don’t have to give dollars and cents to make a difference. Instead, you can give of your time and attention.
3 Simple Ways to Give the Gift of Time
Have more time than money? Here’s how you can give it to others this holiday season.
1. Write notes or cards. Brighten the day of older adults and soldiers through writing notes. Sites like LoveForTheElderly.org or AMillionThanks.org make it easy to share the gift of your time. You can find sample letters and writing suggestions on each of their websites.
2. Lend a listening ear. Maybe your child or spouse had a rough day at school and needs to talk. Perhaps your friend was injured and needs someone to run errands for her. Challenge yourself to be a Good Samaritan to someone in need today.
3. Be fully present. You have probably heard Jim Elliot’s quote, “Wherever you are, be all there!” It sounds simple enough in theory. But how many times have you been caught not really paying attention to a friend or coworker’s conversation? Only to ask, what did you say. With all of our gadgets, it’s easy to be in a room with others but have our thoughts and eyes elsewhere. Set aside uninterrupted time to spend with those you love.Need gift ideas? Here are 3 that won't cost you a dime Click To Tweet
Why Give Your Time
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 we find an example of someone willing to give of their time and attention. While he did give of his financial resources, the Samaritan first gave what other individuals passing by would not – his attention.
When seeing a need, sometimes it’s easy to throw money toward it. But to give of your time and energy requires a different kind of sacrifice.
But giving of ourselves is never wasted. Proverbs 11:25 NIV says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Prayer for You
Dear God may we see and seize opportunities to refresh others as we go about our day. May we not be so caught up in our to-do lists that we miss helping someone in need.
What other ways have you found to give the gift of your time?