The New Year is almost here, and most of us are already starting to do a lot of reflection on the past year. Some of us had the best year ever, and some of us had a year that we are ready to see come to an end. The beautiful thing about the New Year is that it is full of possibilities and hope. It is that time of the year when we get to all start with a clean slate, and our future is before us. I am Facebook friends with a lot of you that read this blog, and I love getting to know all of you. One of my friends posted an excerpt from her daily devotional, and I immediately messaged her for the name of the devotional. I couldn’t get this out of my mind, and I thought about this devotional during the night. Yesterday, my family in Tennessee finally got to celebrate Christmas together, and we had the best time. After reading this message, I decided to give my time to my family for the entire day. My time was not a gift for them; it was a gift for me. We opened presents and played a new game for figuring out who would get what present. We ate enough food to founder ourselves. Then, I might have taken a cat nap while they took unflattering pictures of me. My mother had mentioned wanting to go to one of those escape rooms, (more about that tomorrow) so we went to that and then followed that up with a nice dinner at a new restaurant in town. We even sang loudly to my son, whose birthday is today, and surprised him with a slice of cake. It was the best day, and I loved being totally involved with the family.
I loved the laughter! I loved the jokes and the good-natured teasing! I loved having time to spend with those that I love! I don’t know if you are guilty like me, but I have been known to put family last. Do you put work first? I know that there are a lot of times when I put work first. Emersyn has called me before and asked me if I have my blog done because she wants to come over.
When I first read the devotional, I thought about money. I thought about setting an amount of money aside each payday to give to others before anything is put in savings or spent of living. That is wonderful and sound advice, and I think that I will put that into practice. Truthfully, giving money is almost too easy. We can always make more money, and there will still be someone who is in need. For me, giving of time was the more significant sacrifice. Try putting the cell phones away, turning off the computers and iPads, turning off the television, and just spending time with your family for one hour.
So, tonight at 10:00 pm, I sat down to write my blog post. This might not be like my usual Sunday post, and it might not be one of my better posts, but I wanted to share it with you. I was so concerned with “giving” my time, but it turned out that I was the one who was doing the receiving. I hope you start the New Year giving of yourself, I hope you save the best of yourself for those you love, and I hope that you live a life filled with love, laughter, and family.
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!
In case you would like this devotional by Dalene Reyburn, click here.
Have A Blessed Day and a Wonderful New Year!