“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17 ESV)

Families aren’t built with Lego bricks or new sweaters. Most kisses do not begin (or end) with Kay Jewelers. A new Kia (that’s free if it snows) or Lexus with a ribbon is not a “life changer.”  Budweiser doesn’t make you happy, sexy, or smart. Moments that are truly priceless never show on the statement of your MasterCard.

Families are built with time, love, discipline, and commitment. You may express love with a gift this winter, but your daily actions convey the true feelings of your heart. Do you love your kids? Tell them every day! Do you appreciate your spouse? Make sure she knows in words and deeds, every day. Has a friend been there for you? Tell him what it meant to you. Are you grateful to God for the blessing of life? Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere!

Micah asked a great question that I’ll paraphrase: With what can I come before God? Can I thank him with 10,000 rivers of oil? Can I praise him with all of my possessions? Sure, but what God really wants is this: do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with him. (See Micah 6:6-8)

What Christmas gift do you bring to the one who gave his Son for you? The only gift fitting is your heart and your life. That’s how you show what really matters, this time of the year, or any time of the year.