As we enter into this year’s busy time of shopping for just the perfect gifts for our friends and family, remember, as well as giving physical gifts this Christmas, there are many gifts that we can give that are free to give and yet priceless in value. Time is one of those free but valuable gifts we can give. Ah yes, but the saying says ‘Money is time.’ But is money the only way we can receive ‘payment’ for how we spend our time? Do we always have to receive ‘payment’ for our time? Oh, the deep joy and satisfaction that I receive from giving time to my 92-year-old father, now living in a retirement home.
This Featured Image shows the person sharing time. We can waste time with people, or we can give the gift of quality time, which requires skill. Quality time is only one of many skills and talents that we can share with others. Being willing to sit still with someone and show interest by actively listening to them. This is such a rare gift that not many people give. We can get so busy running around buying physical gifts that we forget to give the simple yet valuable gift of time. Beverley Joy.
AUDIO – The Best Gift to Give is You
Give away that which you have plenty of
To others who are devoid of
To those in desperate need of
For you are the best gift you can offer.
If you have good health and strength
Love, joy, peace, and patience,
If you delight to encourage
Share these qualities with others.
Share your talent and experience
Don’t hide them deep within
Learn the skills you need to know
To share your gifts with the world.
If you write, if you paint, if you sing
Then share a story through your gift
If you love to serve and help others
Then serve with a gracious attitude.
An unwritten book, a painting half-finished,
A song unsung and a cake unbaked,
Serving hands tied behind your back
Are of no value to anyone, nor even yourself.
To share our gifts will take time and effort,
Courage, focus and discipline
God gives us talents we must develop
And share with those waiting to receive.
Beverley Joy © 2021 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.
You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
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