Giving Multiplied


Christmas is a time for giving to those you love. Presents for spouse. Presents for kids. Presents for parents. Everyone knows that. It’s easy to pick out gifts for close friends and family because we know what their likes are. We can get so wrapped up in giving to those close to us that we can forget about all the others that touch our lives throughout the year. Postal workers. Garbage collectors. Secretaries. Doctors. Check out people at retail and grocery stores. Police. Teachers. I could go on and on regarding those that we come in contact with in our everyday experiences.

I found out through my daughter Victoria that she began to think of delivery workers that bring packages to our homes and thought of an idea. She told her sons, Brayden and Keaton, about the idea and they wanted to participate. The three of them went to the store and picked out candy and chips and put the cargo in a box that you can see below.

It so touched my heart that my daughter would think of others that It gave me an idea. I love to bake and have frozen bags of fresh pumpkin to make pumpkin bread. I began to think of the mail-men and mail-women as well as the garbage collectors that serve Nadine and I daily. I am going to bake loafs of pumpkin bread to give them as a way of thanking them for their service.

Nadine and I also are hosting a table at our church where three other couples are coming tomorrow night for a party of 55 year olds and older. We have decided to take a bag of homemade candy made from a little shop in downtown Castle Rock where we have gotten to know Allen and Gail, the owners. They made up 15 bags of candy that we are giving to the couples that are coming tomorrow night as well as the doctors and secretaries that are helping Nadine and her vision.

From one box of goodies has come an attitude of giving that begins to multiply. On this journey, when we get our minds off our circumstances and begin to think of others, it changes how we think about our own circumstances. Those reading this jlog may get the bug to give that will encourage others to give. You never know how your gift can impact those around you.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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