The Gift Everyone is After

It is officially the season of giving, and with all the great gifts being tossed around, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get a new piece of exercise equipment… I know, it’s EXACTLY what you want . But seriously, we all know it’s better to give than receive… Don’t worry I’m not about to hit you with one of those “You need to give more” messages, because to me how much you give pales in comparison to WHAT you give.

Every year I find myself wondering what the PERFECT gift will be for the loved ones in my life. Inevitably, I’m the guy standing in the middle of the mall with a perplexed look on his face, indicating I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to go shopping. But nonetheless, I’ve come to learn what the greatest gift is. Believe it or not, it’s the same thing every year. Myself. And the same goes for you; the greatest gift you’ll ever give is yourself. What’s that mean? It means you are being the ONE you were created to be, to do the WHAT you were created to do. And we were created to encourage others. To SERVE them. To LOVE them. You have been given unique talents; our tendency is to hide them, which is unfortunate because they can be used to bless the lives of others. Amazingly, as we give our gifts away not only do others benefit; we do! It is hard to find a more fulfilling feeling than using a talent you’ve been given to help another person. We call it love.

Giving away love requires sacrifice because it demands time, which is hard to let go of. We have responsibilities, deadlines, and constraints, but freedom comes from the realization time GIVEN is better than time SPENT. Do you see the difference? Time spent is a duty; time given is a gift. Once time is spent, it’s gone, just like the money you used to buy that awesome Christmas outfit. On the other hand, time GIVEN comes back tenfold, because what you give, you also receive. Money fades, cars rust, toys break, but time spent WELL never decays. It leads to bonding, which leads to relationship, which leads to family, which leads to LOVE.  Time given builds up. Time spent wears down.

Giving opens up the opportunity to share, and the best thing to share is love. For if you give ALL your time to family, but don’t do it out of love; it’s worthless. In fact, if you give everything you have, but don’t do it out of love; it means nothing (1 Cor. 13:3).

So give yourself away; share your love. For FREE! Meaning you ask for nothing in return. But get ready when you do, because I promise this will be the gift people ask for every year…

Oh, and if you’re wondering where the information about exercise is, you just read it. No exercise will benefit your health as much as giving time, and sharing love. Period. So there is your workout routine for the week; give it a shot.

Fitness Will Be Greater.

~Brad Jarrett

Works Cited

NIV Bible. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007. Print.