Do you know what gifts are trending this year? Some new gadget or toy, creation or product rises to the top in popularity each holiday season. Cabbage Patch dolls of the 80s, Tickle Me Elmo of the 90s, Ugg boots of 2000, and Turduckens (no one can agree on their year) have gone down in the holiday hall of fame as winners. But sometimes so many are sold that the novel items become, sadly, common. Once the market is flooded with a more-than-adequate supply, the too-typical gifts lose their value simply by virtue of how common they are.
The best gifts are uncommon. Gifts carved out sacrificially by one who felt the cost, but gladly gave anyway. Gifts crafted uniquely when inspired by love for the receiver, outweighing the love of self.
Uncommon gifts can’t be held back, for they long to be offered and love more to be received.
As the Do Not Depart team celebrates the birth of our Savior with you, we want to be known by our uncommon gifts. We’re taking this December to learn from those who gladly gave at the first coming of Christ to earth. This month, will you reflect with us on what makes our earthly offerings truly uncommon? #UncommonGifts