Were those gifts that the Three Wise Men brought with them “real gifts”, the glittering gold, the frankincense and myrrh?
Was the glittering gold the priceless gift of Christmas?
Or, was it not instead the walk for hundreds and hundreds of miles that was the real gift?
Was it not the walk that lasted for more than two years that was the sacrificial gift?
Isn’t this when the wise men gave of themselves, when they road on the boney backs of camels and walked for hundreds of miles for more than two years?
Isn’t THIS what Christmas is all about?
Discovering what it means to truly give of oneself, as the wise men did?
Isn’t that what being wise is?
Discovering what it means to give of yourself in love to another?
The way that God did at Christmas time and the way Jesus did all the time?
Wisdom often “speaks” quietly in the the form of humility and honor. It Humbly acknowledges that there are others greater and wiser than us. And honors their uniqueness.
You see, the most priceless of gifts is always the gift of one’s self, and on the very first Christmas Eve, God gave of himself in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ.
What a marvel it still is to those who have come to fully know Him.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.