Tonight I performed at a fund-raiser for an upcoming Leadership Training camp in South Africa in 2015. Even though our performance was only a small part of the evening, I felt honored and humbled to be a part of such inspirational efforts from our young people. It’s amazing to see the global vision of our youth! I can only hope and pray that our churches will become communities that will encourage them and elevate them so they can see even further, rather than simply institutions that try to wall them in.
During the evening I gave a copy of Among the Ashes to a friend whom I know was going through a difficult time as a Christmas gift. As gifts go, obviously this was not one of great monetary value. But I was so touched when I saw her cradled the book in her hands as if handling something of great worth. Right there and then in that little exchange I felt something special has taken place which reminded me of the essence of true gift-giving: Giving away a piece of yourself, giving something uniquely yours, something that only you can give.
Can I challenge you with this as we draw ever so near to this “gift-giving” season? I know we all have our share of “frivolous” gift giving to do at this time of year: gift exchanges at parties, “Secret Santas” at work, etc. But, for those whom we love, let’s try to give them something that is unique ours to give: It may be words of encouragement for your children that only you can give, or reaching out to express love for your spouse that can only come from you, or how about the gift of forgiveness that you have been withholding for years?
Of course I have no clue what those special gifts may be for you, but I think you do. I pray that you too will experience the joy of giving something that truly touches the person, not because it is something of great dollar value, but because it is something unique that can only come from you.
P.S. I continue to be encouraged by the positive response to the book. Amazon.com right now has a holiday sale on, and you still can get the book shipped by Christmas through their amazing shipping set up. Obviously I cannot autograph the book before it is shipped to you, but hey, that will give you another reason to get together with me, right?