There’s a season coming up in which people often like to exchange gifts. This season includes traditional Jewish and Christian holidays, neither of which is Biblical, but both of which stir a lot of emotions in people for different reasons.
I’m not going to get into any of that this year because I probably got into it enough for two years or more last December. If anyone wants to go back and see how that all went those blogs are still available here at KNI.
What I’d rather talk about this time around is the tradition of giving a nice gift to someone, whatever your motivation might be, as we approach a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. I hope no one out there feels like there’s something wrong with blessing someone’s life in this way.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m really passionate about three things, the Bible, my family and fitness. The gifts I want to suggest for your consideration cover these three areas.
The Bible is the “daily bread” of a Believer and for this reason, giving someone a Bible which is designed to be read on a daily basis is a fantastic way to bless their life as we approach the new calendar year. Giving someone a copy of the One Year Bible in the month of December is one of the best ways to bless them, as they can begin reading their way through it almost immediately on the 1st of January.
Copies of the One Year Bible in electronic form for various devices, as well as old-fashioned paper books, can be found HERE.
The second gift idea I have covers family life and it’s also a book, specifically, “The Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” by Dr. James Dobson.
This book contains a lot of wisdom and practical help for many of the situations that have challenged me as I attempt to be the best husband and father I can. It doesn’t have ALL the answers, but it has a lot of them, and I can recommend this book as a gift to anyone who is about to be or was recently married and/or became a parent, or even a grandparent.
That’s the one book by Dr. Dobson I’d keep if I had to get rid of all the others, but he’s produced a lot of other good stuff and they all make great gifts. My mother started sending copies of them to me shortly after I got married and I have never regretted reading any of them.
The best place to find the Home Reference Guide and all of Dr. Dobson’s other books and teaching materials is at his website, HERE.
Finally, there’s fitness.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says; “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
In previous blogs I’ve given several reasons why I believe it’s important for Believers to keep physically fit and healthy, but this verse kind of sums it all up. God has given each one of us a body and we will need that body to be in the best possible shape it can be in so that we can do what He’s called us to do in this life.
But even if someone you care about isn’t a Believer (yet) December is a very opportune time to give them a gift which will help them be healthier and more physically fit because it’s a time of year when people make those infamous “New Year’s Resolutions” and getting into shape is traditionally on everyone’s list.
So, my recommendation for a gift that will help someone (including yourself) get into better physical condition is a website called HASfit which is run by Joshua Kozak, a professional fitness coach. All the content is totally free, including the youtube channel which contains hundreds of videos which allow a person of any age or fitness level to reach their health and fitness goals. As a bonus, Kozak is a Believer and his wife Claudia joins him in many of the workout videos for a very positive, family friendly routine.
The website can be accessed by clicking HERE and just sharing the link with someone who is looking for a way to get into shape is a pretty nice gift, but if you want to give them something tangible, you can get a copy of Kozak’s recently published book “Stay Fit for Life” on the website.
So that’s what I recommend. Remember that when you give someone you love a One Year Bible, or a book by Dr. Dobson, or the HASfit website and/or the “Stay Fit for Life” book, you’re also giving yourself a gift. These things will make that person a better husband or wife, a better father or mother, a better brother or sister, a better son or daughter, a better friend, a better co-worker, etc.
Last but not least, you’re giving God a gift by helping that person become who HE wants them to be.
So Merry Chr…er…Happy Hanuk…um…a WONDERFUL December to anyone who is reading this. May it be a time for us to bless others and to be blessed ourselves.