This Christmas, Refocus Your Heart


No Gift Receipt Necessary

I was driving down the road listening to my local, Christian radio station. The DJ asked people to call in and share something that helps them remember the true meaning of Christmas. I listened as a caller for Pennsylvania shared about her Amish friends. One evening during a Christmas party, she was talking to one of the Amish guys and asked him how his family celebrates Christmas.

He shared with her many of his favorite family traditions and how special each one was to him. She asked if his family gave each other gifts on Christmas morning.

“Oh yes!” he said joyfully. “We love giving Christmas gifts. Each person usually receives two or three gifts per year, and it’s a wonderful time.”

“Only two or three gifts per person?” The woman asked, raising her eyebrows. “So what do you do if someone doesn’t like one of their gifts?”

Confused by her question, he looked at her puzzled.

“You know,” she continued, “what if you give someone something, and they just don’t care for it? What would you do?”

He paused for moment, then said with a big smile, “It’s a gift! Why would anybody not like a gift?”


I was instantly convicted by that simple but profound statement. He hit the nail on the head. Why would anybody not like a gift? I immediately thought of all the times I had received a generous and thoughtful gift and secretly thought, What in the world am I going to do with this? or Why would someone even think I’d want this? or I can’t wait to return this one!

Suddenly, I could see that my heart has at times been plain rotten when it comes to gifts.

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SOURCE: Crosswalk
Kristen Clark