When it comes to giving to the ones you love, I’ve always loved giving gifts that cannot be purchased elsewhere. It sends them a blunt and tangible message that they’re special in my eyes. You can’t compare anything else in the market with a custom-made product, can you?
But the older I get, the more I realize that the best gift doesn’t necessarily subsist in a well-thought-out by-product, or even that unique, one-of-a-kind element of the gift itself. The best you can give to someone is believing in the person. It’s the most powerful force ever IMO, to just be there, look into their eyes and say, “I believe in you.” (especially if the person himself/herself does not, much less anyone else in the world)
There are literally countless presents hubs have gotten me that I consider priceless over the course of our relationship. I feel special not because the presents themselves are unique (they’re all store-bought), but because I can glorify His name and give back honor to my husband through those presents. I took the guitar he gave me on stage to surprise him on our wedding day. Heck, this whole blog exists because he keeps giving me nice cameras.
Above everything though, it was his faith in the best of me that was the most precious gift of all. Him looking right through me as if saying, “I see you” whenever I’m being unlovable, him listening to me as if whispering, “I feel you” whenever I reveal my emotions. It’s also this trust that’s made me confident in saying “Yes” the day he proposed. His faithfulness in me is just like Christ. How could I not say “Yes”?
Having brought me into his faith, I believe there’s a special place in heaven waiting for him at the end of this life.