At this time of year, we see many opportunities to give. The media promotes causes and ways to help those less fortunate have a Thanksgiving meal, or gifts under the tree on Christmas Day. While giving is largely thought of in a monetary sense, there are many ways we can give and not just during the Holidays, but throughout the year.
One of the most priceless gifts that you can give is often a caring listening ear, a heart of love and words of encouragement. As we work to love our neighbor as ourself, be open to giving of yourself in ways other than monetarily. Everyone we meet is likely going through something challenging or fighting some kind of battle.
Today, be open to opportunities God places in your life to lend a ear of compassion, a heart of love, and some words of encouragement. These are priceless gifts that can't be wrapped in a package or served on a platter, but just what the recipient needs to help them make it through a difficult time---knowing someone cares. Today, give a little of yourself in gifting someone with compassion, love and encouragement. It may only take a moment and God will reward you in the process---"give and you shall receive." You'll find these gifts priceless and end up being as blessed or even more so as the one who receives.