I remember Christmas of 1988, my parents bought me the Garth Brooks “no Fences” cassette tape. (for younger readers cassettes tapes are the predecessor to CD’s which were the predecessor to digital music) I was so ecstatic, I could have peed myself and not cared. It felt as though I was literally walking on air. I remember jumping and seeming to never touch down. At that moment it seemed as though “it was the greatest gift ever.”
That cassette has long since disappeared and I rarely listen to the songs from that album (I could still quote many of them though). As I have grown older, my idea of the greatest gift has changed drastically from that cute little ten old rejoicing over a simple cassette tape.
My favorite gifts now have an intrinsic value far below that $10 cassette tape. They are:
- A collage my wife gave me for a birthday present
- It is my daughter saying “love you daddy”
- It is a shared meal with a good friend or even potential friend
- It is a word of advice from wise counsel
- They are the beauty of Tennessee Mountains
- It is the vastness of the stars
- It is friends around a warm campfire
- It is the quiet time talking with God
The greatest gifts aren’t things that rust or decay; they are relationships with people and quiet moments observing the beauty of the universe. The gift of eternal life, bought and paid for by the Son of God.
What is your greatest gift ever?
Are you taking the time to enjoy those gifts?