It has been less than two weeks since Christmas but I’m guessing that some of those gifts given and received have already started to fade a bit. Batteries need recharging or replacing. Some things have probably broken, pieces are missing from the set or some other mild calamity has befallen. In a world of imperfection and obsolescence by design, it’s only a matter of time. Such is the nature of such things.
It is the rare gift that can sustain the initial level of pleasure and pride. Things made for use have a way of wearing out. Even tools made for rugged service eventually find the end of their usefulness. On the other hand, there are those things that actually improve with use. Things that become more durable and reliable with rugged service.
Things like love and forgiveness. Things like patience and forbearance. Things like mercy, compassion and kindness. Things like integrity, faithfulness and consideration. Things like gentleness, self-control and humility actually gain strength through constant usage. Those who have chosen to embrace these gifts will find themselves blessing others throughout the year, regardless of the time of year. No need for ribbons and bows or fancy paper.
And, by the way, there’s good news: these gifts are appropriate for any season. Even if you forgot one or two of them during the holidays, today is a perfect day to bring them out and pass them around. And for those who know the true Source of such things, there’s no worry about inventory. Plenty more where these things come from!