This morning, while waiting for my morning class, I came across the photo in my Facebook Wall. It shows different “Things to Do” during Christmas. This time, however, instead of doing materialistic or selfish things to celebrate the season, it engages us to change our perspective and make ourselves the present.
Many times, in our lives we have seen that there were people who wants to be happy. What do they want? Some may want material things while others may want something different.
The greatest gift that one can offer is always his/herself. The importance of being present or having a hand for a common objective is more precious than gold and silver that can be offered. How many times we have heard stories of people who were rich but were poor in love? In this world of materialistic things, it is easy to give up to tangible objects and use them as an “excuse” for being present, instead giving them gifts.
The post on the left tells us one thing: Far more important and precious are the things that are not tangible. The gifts of time, presence and empathy are the things that can bring the utmost happiness, especially to those who find themselves in trouble. A beggar may wish to be with his/her family in this season, a person may want to have freedom from abusive housemates, or simply being able to celebrate Christmas freely and openly without fear are the examples of situations when a happiness is not measured just in objects but also in non-material things.
Today, we are inviting everyone to be like the post on the left; to be not just give the gift but also become the gift itself. After all, Christ gave not gold but rather salvation – far more important than anything this world has.