Ahhh, Christmas morning! I hope you had as much fun as I did watching your loved ones open gifts (and perhaps opening a few surprises yourself). Tomorrow we’ll all start finding places for our new possessions and maybe write a few thank you notes. We’ll think about how wonderful it was to have extra time with family and friends, and about how much they mean to us. Let me challenge you to go one better, though. We express our love through gift giving at Christmas. Why not begin today, though, to give a gift every day? Give the gift of spoken love.
Don’t let a single day go by without letting someone hear those three important words, “I love you!” Then keep going from there. Tell your friends and family how glad you are to have them around. Affirm their God-given talents. “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
My husband is a wise and wonderful man. Years ago, someone gave him a simple list entitled “Good Words.” He tacked it inside the closet door, using it to help him express love, appreciation and admiration to our kids. Here’s that list, reproduced for your perusal. While some of the phrases won’t apply to your kids or the other people God has put in your life, perhaps you’ll find a few usable nuggets.
· You’re so much fun to be with!
· You do a good job of handling your responsibilities!
· I like the way you… (keep your room neat, seem to call just when I need you, greet me with a smile…)
· You sure have a lot of energy!
· Your positive attitude is an inspiration to me!
· You ended up with the best of both your father and your mother!
· Good job!
· You bring me joy!
· I love how creative you are!
· You’re a good runner! (or painter, or singer, or listener…)
· I need your advice!
· God has great plans for your life!
On Easter morning, we will greet one another with those wonderful words, “Christ is risen!” Today, we celebrate far more than the birth of a baby. We rejoice in the risen Savior who came to die so that we could live forever. May we serve him with abundant joy long after the holidays are over.