The gift that keeps on giving


It’s Christmas time.

Back in Nigeria, my home country, in my growing-up years, we weren’t so much exposed to sophisticated concepts like gift stockings hung at the fireplace or presents under the decorated tree on Christmas morning, save in the books we read.

Nevertheless, we understood what it means to give. And expect gifts at Christmas. We looked forward to new dresses and the sumptuous meals we would eat on Christmas. We also enjoyed the gift of family and friends that came to visit.

Yes. Every one thinks about gifts, in one way or the other. Across most cultures, the hallmark of Christmas is GIVING.

Well, it’s not surprising, because Christmas itself is the story of God’s gift to mankind. And that gift-Jesus – is the gift that keeps on giving.

When someone allows Jesus into his or her life, He comes in to transform the entire life. He forgives their sin, reconciles them back to God. And walks with them thorough life, straightening out their paths and leading them (according to Psalm 32:8), in the way we should go, and guiding them with his eye.

As they grow in their knowledge and fellowship with God, trusting and obeying His lead, He makes their lives an exciting exciting adventure. He daily loads them with benefit and makes them a blessing to others around them.

Simply, He touches very aspect of their lives till they are fully developed in Him. That’s the gift that keeps on giving.

As you do what you’re used to at Christmas or try new things, remember the greatest gift that keeps on giving. The best you can do is to connect to Jesus, and immerse yourself daily and fully into His life as you move into 2016 with renewed vigor.

He’s always near.



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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