Gifts for Christ

I grew up in different Christian churches, and it seemed that each year we were encouraged to give gifts to Christ for Christmas. I’m definitely not presenting a new idea today. I do, however, want to add my personal perspective to the idea.

As I have lived, made mistakes, repented, and tried to align my life with the standards set by the Savior, I have learned over and over that Christ gives to me every day. In that light, it seems a little cheap to only focus on giving gifts back to Christ only during the Christmas season.

So, maybe it’s time to look at how I’m going to make new habits and give back to Christ throughout the whole year. What would that mean?

  1. Learning more humility, so that I can accept all that life brings with grace and the joyful knowledge that this is how the Lord is working things out for my best eternal benefit.
  2. Recognizing that I owe everything good to Christ, and I am just a steward, or caretaker, of the things that I “possess.”
  3. Finding ways to be more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, acting on them, and making sure that I am becoming more obedient to the commandments given by the Lord.
  4. Rejoicing in life and in the knowledge that this is a time of preparation for things even greater than I can imagine.

The list goes on, but it’s long enough to make my point. If I am studying my scriptures and praying, I will be guided in the ways that I need to improve. Those are the gifts that I should give every day to my Savior and my King.

If you want a “motivational speech,” here is a classic talk by President Kimball: Let Us Move Forward and Upward.

What other gifts would be appropriate to give to the Savior? Write your ideas in the comments!