We've long heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but in my experiences with my students what stands out is how our efforts were received.
As I have seen those being served receive our gifts with joy, I have come to realize that the way we receive gifts can have as much impact as the gifts we give. The gifts themselves become magnified. The smile on the face of a child mastering a bicycle, the glee of a young woman dancing with people who enjoy being with her, the pride of a youngster who has just learned to swim - witnessing how others receive our gifts can empower and inspire us and bring us joy.
How will you receive the gifts of this season? How will your joy be magnified to others?