31b And I show you a still more excellent way. 1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
During this Christmas week, I am thinking about the many times that I have received gifts over the years. Being 35, I have to have received 100’s of gifts in my lifetime from many, many different individuals. Yet, as wonderful as receiving gifts is, the way in which a gift is given is as important as or even more important than the gift itself. When a kid is forced to give a small present to every kid in his class, including the ones he dislikes, it doesn’t mean as much as when that same kid excitedly gives his dad the glue-saturated Christmas craft that he has been working on all week at school to perfect. As a dad who has received many of these, I can tell you that the thought really does count.