- Name the last 3 winners of the Heisman trophy
- Name the last 3 winners of supporting actress
- Name the last 3 winners of the gold medal in the 200 meter race at the Olympics
Stumped yet? Okay, try this one...
- Name 3 teachers who had an influence on your life - either positive or negative
- Name 3 adults who had an influence on your life - either positive or negative
- Name 3 peers who had an influence on your life - either positive or negative
Which list was easier to complete?
In a world that has gone crazy with celebrities and sports heros, isn't it refreshing to realize that the people who matter most to you, who have the most influence on your life, are the ones close enough to touch? They are the ones you can have a cup of coffee with, who aren't too busy to take your phone call, the ones you don't have to fight paparazzi to see.
This Christmas, let us think about how we can show love and appreciation to those in our life who matter most to us. Gifts are great. But another quick question, can you remember 3 gifts you received last year and who they were from? I have nothing against gifts - the Bible has many occassions where gifts were shared (Wise men to the newborn babe, gifts of food shared at the celebration of Purim, etc.). But, before we spend money we don't have on gifts that others will soon forget, let us consider the things that matter most to us. The gift of laughter. The gift of kindness. The gift of encouragement. The gift of cleaning up after Christmas dinner (truly never forgotten!). Games and memories shared with ones we love. The gift of peace - setting aside family disagreements in a spirit of harmony.
Most important of all - The gift of blessing. Speaking, verbally (where one can hear), a blessing to someone. Let them know how glad you are that they are in your life. Speak a blessing to them that they will fulfill their God-given destiny. Declare favor into their future. The blessing will help their gifts and talents come out to the full.
There is incredible power in our words. This year, may our words bless those around us. Remember to think before we speak. May this year be one of memories far beyond the physical gifts that are given. May the blessings carry us on to eternity. And, this year, may you be one who is remembered for the love and blessings you bestowed on those around you.