Chuck Swindoll
Give some of yourself away

I have a suggestion. It may not seem that expensive or sound very novel, but believe me, it works every time. It’s one of those gifts that has great value but no price tag. It can’t be lost nor will it ever be forgotten. No problem with size, either. It fits all shapes, any age, and every personality. This ideal gift is . . . yourself. Don’t forget the unusual value of kindness.

That’s right, give some of yourself away:

•Give an hour of your time to someone who needs you.
•Give a note of encouragement to someone feeling down.
•Give a hug of affirmation to someone in your family.
•Give some time to someone who is lonely.
•Give a meal to someone who is sick.
•Give a word of compassion to someone who has suffered a loss.
•Give a second chance to the fallen.
•Give a deed of thoughtfulness to someone who is often overlooked.
•Give a gentle response to the frustrated.

In the words of Ephesians 4:32, be kind. My sister Luci paraphrases this verse, “Just be nice.”


Compiled by Thomas George