The Needs of Others

Philippians 2:4 (NIV) not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

One of the things I’ve learned from my wife is the art of gift giving. She loves to give gifts and has a special way of searching out the best gifts for others. I on the other hand usually give gifts that seem right to me but often fall short. Recently, my wife arranged for a photographer to take a picture of all of the grandchildren in our family as a gift for the grandparents. This was no easy project as it involved teenagers’ work schedules and several families with children ranging from 3 to 20 and a number of adopted children representing several ethnicities. In all of the craziness the night of the photo session went off without a hitch. In all honesty I was not expecting this to go so well.

On the day the gift was given everyone watched as the paper was torn away from the special gift revealing the fruit of my wife’s idea. Then we all observed as tears of joy flowed down grandma’s cheeks. Not that we had set our sights on making grandma cry but her tears were the sign that this was just the right gift for two very special grandparents.

You see, that’s the thing about a good gift – it has as its goal the needs and desires of another. It shows our love for another person by considering them and their desires. A good gift is not good because the giver likes it but because the receiver likes it. And good gift givers know how to give just the right gifts for others. I’m challenged by my wife this Christmas to think about the needs of others as I give gifts.

Romans 12:10 (NIV) Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.


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