The Season of Giving
with Kathie Lee Gifford
Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a time when we remember the greatest gift the world has ever been given—Jesus, the Savior of the world. And it’s a time when we give gifts to others.
There’s something contagious about the excitement of a child opening the gifts he’s received on Christmas morning. But what about the joy he also experiences by giving a gift?
In her book, The Gift That I Can Give, Kathie Lee Gifford, three-time Emmy-winning co-host of the TODAY show, helps parents teach children that God gives everyone gifts that he or she can share with others. By using examples as simple as cheering on a friend, giving a hug or visiting the sick, Kathie Lee lets children see they don’t have to be grownups to use their gifts, even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference.
After the success of her children’s musical The Little Giant, based on the story of David and Goliath, Kathie Lee saw the need for children to answer the question, “What is the one thing you can do that no one else can?”
“Like a snowflake, no two people are alike,” Kathie Lee explains.
Each person is unique. God has made each child with his or her own personality and abilities. Rather than compare children to others, parents can encourage children to use the talents that God has specifically given them in order to help others.
“Children learn from the example of a parent, so you constantly have to reaffirm the fact that they are a unique individual made in God’s image,” Kathie Lee says.
As a mother of two grown children, Kathie Lee understands the importance of encouraging children to discover what their gifts are.
“Talk about your child’s gifts and talents,” she shares. “Examine them to see what comes naturally to them and what they naturally respond to. That is usually, as I experienced, exactly what they are supposed to be doing their whole life.
“If your child loves to dance when they are little, they are supposed to dance. That doesn’t mean they have to be a professional dancer but watch what they do and watch what they are interested in and then customize their life to those interests. We need to pay tremendous attention to what our children love and dislike, and let them be what they were made to be in God’s image.”
Learning what those gifts are is something Kathie Lee says they can discover on their own and ask God to help reveal to them. Children who recognize the gifts that God has given them are better able to use those gifts to help others.
And in the end, the best gift of all is discovering that “God’s love is the gift that I can give!”
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