Our family held off on our family Christmas till the 26th, yesterday, due to work schedules and such. We enjoyed preparing yesterday morning for the family event.
During wrapping and prepping of the food, my oldest asked for an empty box. Jaycob is 11, so who knows what the box was for and I didn’t ask questions. He asked his dad as well, since he knew where the empty boxes were. Aaron admitted late last night that he almost discouraged him from getting a box, then deciding that it was just a box and what did it matter, he directed him to the boxes.
Jaycob disappeared into the back of the house with his box. Really didn’t think about the box from then on. I packed up the food and headed out ahead of Aaron and the boys. They loaded presents and met me at my Mother’s for the family event.
Everyone was in attendance and opening presents. We were getting some lunch and Jaycob asked everyone to come around and that he had a present for everyone. Jaycob is our 11 year old. He is very sensitive, quiet, not a hugger, and rarely is lovey – dovey. He is a first child and is very worried about rules and doing the right thing.
Jaycob brought this box out to the middle of the room and said that this present was for everyone. The box said “To EVERYONE”, “From: Jaycob”. Everyone in the room had quite the puzzled look on their faces. He handed the box to Aaron (his dad) first. Aaron opened the package and instantly had this proud look on his face. The comments continued to ensue as the box made it around the room.
“Wow”, “How wonderful”, “Oh My!”, How Sweet!”, “What a wonderful idea!”….”Where did you ever think of this??” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Jaycob had done it; he put everyone in awe with a complete surprise.
He had folded a strip of paper and taped it to the bottom of the box. Then to the end of that strip he taped a paper cut heart that simply said “LOVE” on the end of it. There was no expensive present, no wrapping paper around the box, nothing glimmery, shiny, or fancy. Simply one word in a unique delivery, that took everyone off guard.
And if you ask anyone that was there what their favorite present was…that box comes up, even from his little 7 year old brother.
My point in sharing this story is, I think many realized in this yesterday is that money can’t buy love. Love is love….whether it is in actions, words, an empty box, a smile, a text message, an email….love is thinking about others---thoughtfulness, thinking of someone other than yourself in some fashion. This is nothing that money can buy.
How can you show you care? How do you show your love? Next time you need a way….think of the empty box. YOU TOO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Just like this 11 year old boy---think outside, or wait….maybe inside the box ;)
Praying for lives to be changed!