The Greatest Gifts to Give
I love to do word studies. Finding out the origins of random words and how they work in the context they are arranged.
Sometimes they are quick studies and other times they are really extensive. For this post, I have done a couple of quick word studies.
When you think of the word “gift” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Is it presents? Is it Christmas? Is it joy and happiness? Is it birthdays?
I went to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary to look the word up "gift”. One of the definitions says that it is something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation. I read the definition as something freely given without wanting it to be returned by any means! Therefore, it is not in Christmas presents or anything monetary that can bring joy and happiness. The origin of the word “gift” means to give; therefore, a gift was created to be given!
The past four years has been hard on me because so many close friends and family members passing and transitioning to become a part of the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1). Learning to readjust in life without their physical presence and conversations has been required of me. Although it has not been easy, it has taught me to cherish the times and conversations that I did have with them.
I believe that one of the greatest gifts you can give to ANYONE in the world is your time. Again, Merriam-Webster says that “time” is defined as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues (duration); and also means the point or period when something occurs (occasion). I have come to realize that when the author penned that “life is but vapor” (James 4:14) it's true. As quick as the sun rises is as quick as it sets.
The Germanic origin of the word “time” istīma which is Old English for tide. Tides are a flowing stream; the regular upward and downward movement of the level of the ocean that is caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon on the Earth. I am saying all of that to say that time is always moving. We will have our high-times and what seems to be low-times but the gift of “time” always pulls us to another opportunity to keep moving forward.
Your time is such a precious thing because it is not always going to be allotted to you. Time with friends and loved ones is not promised. Yet when it is spent wisely with those who value your time just as you do then the memories are written in stone, never able to be washed away. Life will be life and we will have our highs and our lows. At the end of the day, we will be able to say that the greatest highs in our lives would not have been as memorable and we would not have progressed through the lows without people holding us up.
Not only is a time one of the greatest gifts you can give but so is love! The power of love in its purest form has the ability to pull you out of a lot of hard places. So if time is the up and down movement of progress then love is the driving force that keeps the momentum going. Love is not a gift unless it is given to someone; not only that but given freely.
All in all, if we let love be the gravitational pull that keeps is in motion then it will push us closer to our destiny and purpose. When we pour out love, and most of all receive love, then it has the ability and capability to redeem the time. It’s that type of love that Joel speaks of in Joel 2:25-27 of how the Lord will restore the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, the caterpillar and the palmerworm…
Being open to give and receive time and love has the ability to heal you while you are in need of healing. It will mend you while you are broken; it will strengthen and build you up while you feel too weak to stand. Most of all it pushes people to their destiny as it pushes you to yours. James 4:8 says to draw near to God and he will draw near to you...
A gift is meant to be given. Time is valuable. Love is precious.
You are priceless.