Five Gifts You Don’t Want to Live Without

The National Retail Federation estimates more than 164 million people plan to shop during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday! (In years past, we have spent an average of $423 each for a total of $59.1 billion.)

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How long do you think those purchases will last? Toys–last maybe 30 days; clothes–one season; electronic gadgets—approximately one to three years.

One leader hoped for gifts that brought a greater sense of lasting satisfaction to our lives. Here are the five gifts he knew we could not really live without:

Work that matters, growing character and satisfying relationships. The leader used a metaphor to describe these as “good fruit of every kind”. Satisfying and productive work matters to your well being, to others and makes a difference in the world.  Growth in our character means we are becoming the kind of people we truly desire to be. Healthy relationships with our spouses, family, and team members brings deep satisfaction to our lives. To produce good fruit in these important areas of your life we may need to prune, fertilize, pull some weeds, dig or protect from harmful intruders, etc. What do you need to do to get that slight edge for a fruitful yield this year?

Knowing God better.  Leaders and students I have engaged around the world from many different cultures say they desire to know God better. Perhaps this describes you as well. No matter where you are in your journey, the next step is up to you this year. Do you want to know God personally?  Are you beginning with God? Do you want to develop a more solid foundation? Desire to train and grow? There are many resources for you wherever you are in your journey.

Endurance and patience.  Life is full of setbacks and obstacles. Sometimes I need patience when others grate on my nerves; other times I need patience in the midst of trying circumstances. We all need endurance, and that often requires harnessing the power of rest or including a better rhythm of rest in your life.

A life filled with joy. A Google search for joy during the holiday, revealed this on the first link:  “Feeling down during the holidays can be tough, especially since you seem so out of step with the world. Everyone else seems to be beaming, ruddy-cheeked, bursting with holiday spirit. You’re feeling wretched and exhausted. But here’s something to cheer you up the next time you’re stuck in a room of revelers at a holiday party: Plenty of them are probably unhappy, too.” ( The article normalizes hard times, but somehow just knowing that others are miserable does not cheer me up.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to have not only holidays but a life characterized by joy?  What will that take for you?

A thankful heart.  The scientific research on the transforming power of gratitude is fascinating: A thankful heart changes us, transforms our relationships and helps us be more productive at work. You will also boost your resilience with gratitude.

What would your life be like with more of these gifts?  The leader who wanted these for his people was Paul, the Apostle. He described them here: (Colossians 1:9-12).

Which one of the above gifts will help you really live this year? What do you need to do now to take a first step?

(Note: This post was updated and revised from a previously published post entitled “5 Great Gifts”.)

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with my wife, Terry. We have been married for 36 years and have 4 grown children. I have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously, and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right sidebar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit:
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5 Responses to Five Gifts You Don’t Want to Live Without

  1. daylerogers says:

    That your pointed out the temporary life span of most gifts we long for at Christmas is a reminder of how much we need that which gives permanence. Jesus. Simplifying life to what’s really necessary. Learning, for me, to recognize the difference between the needs and and the greed. Thanks for this, Steverino. I’d love to take gift giving out of the equation all together and just “be” with friends and family.

    • Steve Morgan says:

      I think that is what I like so much about Thanksgiving. It is focused on being grateful for what we have and the blessings in our lives. It is hard with Christmas to not got swept up in the cultural expectations of shopping and gifts. I like what Rom 12:1-2 say about not letting the world around you squeeze you into its mold.
      Thanks for stopping by, taking time to read and your thoughtful comment. Grateful for you!

  2. stonewall62 says:

    This a very good and timely word, Steve. Thanks for the good reminder to live life in light of eternity!

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