It’s Not Funny

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, “Toys not included.” (Barnard Manning, 20th century English comedian)

It’s a joke, of course, but can you remember when the opposite happened? Toys with no batteries, and the giver had forgotten to provide them? Wow, what a disappointment that was to the children. On a more serious note, how often do we think about the potential reaction to the gifts we’re giving? Will they be useful and enjoyed? We should be thoughtful in our giving.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)