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3 Gifts I Want to Give the World

When people think of getting gifts, people usually think of things that can be bought in stores. While they can be nice and/or very exciting to get (I know I get excited for just this reason on either my birthday or Christmas!), their novelty usually doesn’t last long and sometimes you even get tired of the gift, and it either gets donated or (sadly) gets thrown away.  However, these 3 gifts that I want to give the world cannot be bought in stores anywhere! In fact, if anyone tried to buy these things with money for me, I would be highly offended!  Also, unlike gifts that can be bought in stores, if given in a genuine way, these gifts’ novelties never get old! Here they are:

1.) God’s love—There are so many people in this world that are so hungry for love, any kind at all. I see love-starved children begging for any type of love from their parents, even causing trouble to get it, and some of them only get abuse and insults in return.  I see love-starved adults either acting out or trying to do “good works” just so that someone will notice and care for them. What I strive to do everyday, even though at times I stumble and fail, is to show and thus, give God’s love to everyone I encounter.

In 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, it says, ” Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (ESV)  

God’s love is how it is described in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, and I want to mirror His love to others so they will feel the same joy and love I felt when God gave me His love (and still does every single day!). I’m still working on the “patient” part, as I admit I am not a patient person, but I do strive to be kind to others every day. I never ever want to reject someone who wants my love, because I know all too well how rejection feels like. I always want to be able to believe in people, unless they show me they are not to be believed or trusted so that they know that not only I but also God feels the same way about them. I have found that when someone loves me SO much that no matter what I do or say to them, they have the general attitude of “I will never give up on you,” I am more motivated to give my very best to them. That is how I want to be to others.  I also want to rejoice with those who have found God’s love in me and others and help cultivate the same love in themselves, so they, in turn, can love others in that way and “pay it forward,” so to speak.

2.) Affirmation–Many people in this world are so invalidated, they feel like they have nothing left to give to this world. To invalidate someone basically means to render what one has to say or do as “unimportant” or even “worthless.” I have experienced invalidation one too many times. Even when I was at my darkest, instead of affirming and comforting me, some people in my life invalidated me. I now know that many of them didn’t do this on purpose, and I forgive them, but we as a society need to do a better job of affirming people.  One way you can affirm people is by starting to notice what they do well, and telling them that. Be specific in your praise. Another way to affirm someone is when they are going through something tough to tell them that they are already doing the best they can (if they are, which is often the case) and to encourage them to not only persevere through it, but promise that you will be there for them. Never make that an empty promise, but actually commit to invest in them, especially in their time of need.  I never want to make someone feel worthless or unloved by the words I say. Oh, yes, sometimes I do fail miserably at this, but when I remember the affirmations that I have received from God and other people around me, I pick myself back up and aim to better affirm them next time.

3.) Hope–Some people in my life, either online or in real life, have been so bogged down by problems and issues in their personal life, that they often feel hopeless or despondent. Sometimes, I admit I feel the same way, not because I don’t know God or His great love, but because I forget about Him because I only can see my problems, not what He’s doing through them.  I want to help others to always know that there is still hope for them, as long as they are alive! By giving the first two gifts to all those around me, I hope they will release the third gift–hope. I hope (no pun intended) that I can give people the hope that there is still good left in this world, and not just people out to stab each other in the back, so to speak, or not just those who hurt others on purpose.  I hope I can give people the resolve and the courage they need to continue persevering in their lives, but this time with purpose and joy.

These are the three gifts that I want to give the world. As you can see, you can’t buy it in stores like JcPenney or Walmart, or in any other stores. You must manufacture these in your own hearts. Which three gifts do you want to give to the world? Why? Please feel free to discuss this in the comments.

9 thoughts on “3 Gifts I Want to Give the World”

  1. We all need to mirror Christ like love in our walk. Not easy to do, but we can pray and ask God to help us. Everyone needs to feel validated, loved and know that there is hope even when they feel at the end of their rope. Right on!

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  2. Hello, I absolutely ❤ this. I love 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 and actually want it tattooed on me somewhere. But, anyway, I think we often see love through the lens of secular society. We rarely see love in the light that we should, the unconditional light without stipulation. Whenever I feel anger coming up, I try to switch that anger into love. It's much better to show love rather than hostility. I often fail at this, but I'm a work in progress the way we all are. Great post! I'm following you now!!! ❤

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  3. What a lovely post! It’s true that there are gifts much more valuable than tangible items found at the mall!

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  4. I love this! Not only are you giving gifts to the world, but at the same time, you’re bettering yourself in the process. That’s what I remind myself when I have to take a deep breathe sometimes before I respond to someone. The three gifts I’m trying to share with the world are: positiveness {because it’s amazing how your life starts to change when your perspective does}; a listening ear {because I know what it’s like to feel as if no one ever hears what you have to say}; and happiness {because sometimes a smile is all that’s needed to turn a person’s day around}. So glad I read this post! It was such a friendly reminder that I’m so blessed, and I should be sharing my blessings with others.

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