What Makes a Gift “the Right Gift?” is it the financial value of the gift? Is it the practicality of the gift? Sometimes a gift is considered “right” if it is wrapped with a genuine, pure motive in the heart of the giver.
I recently heard a story of a man that punished his 3-year old daughter for wasting a roll of wrapping paper at Christmas time. Money was tight and he became infuriated when his daughter tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and gave it to him. He was immediately embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but allowed his anger to flare again when he opened the box and found that it was empty. He yelled at his little girl telling her that “there has to be something in the box for it to be considered a gift.” His three year old looked up at him with her voice trembling and tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you Daddy.”
As we can see from this story, the gift may come in the form of an empty box, but the motive behind it is what makes it the right gift. It may not measure up to our material expectations but the love behind it is what makes it irreplaceable.
Christmas has always been a time for giving. A time of searching for the “the right gift.” However, this year, just like every other year, millions of people will open gifts, that aren’t necessarily “the right gift.” Some gifts won’t fit. Some will be the wrong color. Many will be returned or exchanged. But there’s one gift that meets everyone’s need, one gift that will never wear out, never break or need repairing. A gift that is appropriate for a small child, a teenager, an adult, or a senior citizen. Boy or girl, man or woman, it makes no difference. The gift we all need is found behind the true meaning of Christmas.