Giving can be Selfish, too

Yes, the title is not a typo.   

When we bake a treat for the neighbors just so they’ll think we’re the nice family on the block…that’s selfish.

When we give that really awesome gift to our boss so he’ll think more highly of us… that’s selfish.

When we share the coveted Christmas treat with everyone just to hear them rave about it’s goodness… that’s selfish.

When we buy what we cannot afford to assure ourselves that we’re good parents… that’s selfish.

When we take pride in making homemade presents because we’re not giving into the greed of season… that’s selfish.

See, none of these things are wrong… NOT at all. But the motives in which we do them can become the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of JESUS! (and that is wrong!)

He gave because He LOVES us!

As I give, share, buy & make whatever this season, I want it all to be for the sheer joy of blessing the recipent; for the absolute thrill of seeing there delight. And expecting NO thanks; no little cards in the mail to validate my worth & prove their proper manners. I wanna give just because it’s what Jesus does.