The Encompass Outreach Group is going through a blog series on the 5 Love Languages! For our last week, in this series we're excited to hear from Kristen Davis on gift giving.
By: Kristen Davis
Gift giving is one of my love languages. I typically don’t like telling people this because it can be assumed that receiving gifts is just as important to me. Well, as much as I do enjoy receiving a gift, I’d much rather bless another person. It is, after all, much better to give than receive. I am blessed to be a blessing, and this ultimately fuels my gift giving.
I love to give surprise gifts where the person never even knows it was me! Maybe pay for a family’s dinner unbeknown to them or deliver Christmas packages when the people are not home. I understand how much I’ve been given in this life and want to share that same joy with others. I get an amazing amount of excitement and feel so refreshed when I drop off donuts and coffee to the local first responders or shelter to let people know how appreciated they are.
Gifts for a Stranger
Picked Just for Me
A Peace Offering
I end with this thought: Matthew 7:11 says “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him!” James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” God is the giver of all good things, the author of life, and the original Gift Giver. I want to love like Him.
According to Dr. Gary Chapman every person has a "love tank" that is filled up when others "speak their love language". Encompass Connection Center offers a free survey to help couples determine their love languages. What are yours?
Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.