The doorbell rang and when I answered, a gentleman handed me a card, told me it was for us, and then was on his way. I opened it and it was a gift card to a local restaurant.
Just to tell us they appreciated us.
He went away smiling. I opened it smiling. It was joy all around.
It’s what giving does.
I’m not talking about stressing over gifts that impress or having to hunt down just the right thing for someone who is too hard to buy for. We may have to deal with that at Christmas, but I’m talking about simple, unexpected, just fun ways to give.
Pay for the coffee for the person behind you at the coffee shop. Buy an extra loaf of bread at the bakery and knock on the neighbor’s door. Fix supper for a single mom and deliver it to her door as she gets home from work in throw away containers and a warning that you do not want a thank you note, just a smile.
Pick up some extra canned goods and take them to the food bank. Give a double tithe to the church. Take candy canes to all the kids in the neighborhood.
It doesn’t have to be big. But giving is contagious. It brings a smile to you and a smile to the one who receives the gift.
The gift of giving can give back more that you can ever give away.
“For God so loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16