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Little Gifts that Make a Big Impact
By Joel Osteen - Dec 03, 2010
Most people tend to think of Christmas gifts as toys, clothing or jewelry; things we buy, wrap up in pretty paper and ribbons, and place under the tree for our friends and loved ones. However, now more than ever, we need to turn our focus toward the true gifts that we can offer the people in our lives—gifts that last throughout eternity such as a helping hand, a listening ear, a simple word of encouragement and support; presents wrapped in love. They may seem like small gifts, but they certainly aren't insignificant. Over time, they add up to make a lasting impression on the people in our lives.

Galatians 6:10 tells us that at every opportunity, we should "do good to all people." "Every opportunity" may seem like a lot; but really, if you look deep down inside, you'll probably find this desire anyway. Most people want to be good to others, but they allow their busy schedules, to-do lists and distractions keep them focused inward. Don't let that be you! Take a step out of your comfort zone and be proactive about finding ways to do good. Ask yourself throughout the day: Who can I bless? Whose need can I meet? How can I do good for others?

Scripture warns that in the "last days" the love of the great body of believers will grow cold. I don't know about you, but I'm doing my best to stay warm and keep my love alive! It's easy to live on autopilot day in and day out. If we're not careful, we'll find ourselves dwelling on resentments toward people who have hurt us in the past. When we dwell on past hurts, we drag them into the present and relive them over and over again. You have to decide to leave the past in the past by choosing forgiveness.

Make this Christmas season the first of many seasons focused on what matters in eternity—people and the way you treat them. Focus on doing good and good will come back to you. Don't allow yourself to be weighed down by worries and concerns; instead, trust God and do good to others because you can make a lasting impact with little gestures.
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