A man’s life conisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth. – Luke 12:15
I need this reminder about this time every year. I tend to pile on the gifts about this time, when I should really be trying to figure out how to give more of myself. I tell my wife and children I don’t need a thing for Christmas and mean it. Why should I think that they want one more present under the tree, and instead use my brain to figure out that maybe they really need something far less material.
Spinoza once said that one man’s possession is for the rest to lose, and wouldn’t it be better to gather things which all can possess alike and where one man’s wealth promotes his neighbors. Giving someone something material is easy, finding expressions from one’s heart takes thought. Believe me, I’m not trying to guilt trip anyone. For example, Suzy wants a new toaster, and it’s impossible to wrap such a gift in the love I have for her. But it is up to me to find other ways to show my love for my wife, my family, and my friends.
It is a trite, but true – “it is the thought that counts.” So as I said, I remind myself about this same time each year to find ways to make my friends’ and families’ lives richer.