I imagined that they already knew what gift they were going to give the new born King. I imagined that being in the presence of God's Son was of more value than the gifts they would bring, but they still gave Jesus their best. They weren't traveling with over the top, outrageously extravagant gifts. The traveled with 3 simply valuable gifts. You must also realize that the value was more than the price tag, but the love that came with it.
I know that the holiday season is winding down and most people have received their gifts by now, but it is never to late to learn a lesson at Christmas. In all of my thoughts, I realized that holiday gift giving is very commercialized. I shop sales, but I don't shop hot ticket items. I have paid very little for gifts that are the more treasured by the recipients than other high priced items they have received.
The old saying "It's the thought that counts" is not just to cover up a tacky gift. It is to show others that the thought and heart behind a gift are more important than the price tag we try so hard to cover up. People give gifts to show their love for one another. That's wonderful, but at what cost? We go into debt to show love that can be expressed 365 days a year. We go bananas in the mall to give someone a gift who we only talk to 3 times a year. We worry about not giving someone a gift because our finances aren't stable enough to handle the extra holiday expenses. And for what?
It is not about how much you pay for something, but the meaning and love. Just because we want it does not mean we are or should receive it. I give gifts that are practical, educational, enlighting, fun, and/or creative. I may pay $5, $10, $15 or $20. It does not matter the price tag if your heart isn't in it and/or you cannot pay your bills the next month. I would rather receive a warm smile and words of encouragement because I know it's coming from you heart. The best lesson I learned this Christmas was that we must do things out of love and only love. Jesus was born out of love and died out of love. In between He did not stress over gifts and following the trends. He focused on His mission of spreading God's message to as many people as possible. Our task is to spread the God news of Jesus Christ. It is very difficult to do this when we obsess over material possessions and keeping up with the Jones'.