D. Gary Davis
GIFTS. To many this is what this season known as Christmas, has become. But, in reality it has always been about giving. The original giving was much more costly than any gift even considered today. The gift of God’s only son, to a world that he made but that recognized him not. We may try to emulate his example of love, forgiveness and compassion but we will always have the human component of ourselves that will inevitably get in the way. This year may we all try to be:
G iving: This does not have anything to do with the cost of the gift, but more importantly with the true purpose of the gift. May we all strive to find a way to "successfully meet a need” that we see needing to be addressed in the life of a family member or friend.
I nspiring: There is something to be said for those who miraculously cause others to reflect inwardly and seek to do, or become, their best selves possible. This is a gift that has an immediate and also a lasting effect of the recipient and all of those around them.
F ocused: I once read a quote by Dr. Suess that stated "To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world” The majority of us have limited resources, time and even abilities, but we ALL do have something to offer others to help them in their time of need. This is a good thing to do at this time of year, and always.
T angible: All gifts are appreciated, but those that are able to help a person at the place of their need are truly those that are beyond helpful, they are timeless.
S erving: The ability to find a need and fill it is a noble thing, but to do so without seeking anything, or any recognition, is an honorable thing indeed. This is a trait that the true masters of giving not only understand, but they practice it each and every day of their lives.
The GIFTS that are given this time of year should serve only to remind us of the gift that we have all been given. May we stop at some point over the next week to say Thank You to Him for the ability to even say Thank You. May we all also stop long enough to look around and to find others who may have a need that we might be able to help with, and if so, may we take the time to do something to help them. This activity being performed thousands of times each day during Christmas, and always, helps to keep Bradley County, TN at its best.
On behalf of Bradley County and the County Mayor’s office I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to continuing to serve the Citizens of Bradley County as your County Mayor in 2017. Again from my family to yours, Merry Christmas everyone!