Christmas Gifts

By Tom Wilbur

This may be the shortest op-ed piece you’ll ever read. And maybe the most important.

Do justice.

Express kindness.

Show gratitude.

Live with humility.

Be a person of integrity.

Demonstrate love.

Show God favor.

These are the greatest gifts you can give this Christmas, and every day, for that matter. They aren’t available at a department store. There’s no coupon required, and no layaway plan. They come from inside. Wrap them up with a dose of warmth, compassion, empathy, and enthusiasm, and share them with everyone you meet. Oh yeah, and put a little hug on the end. It will do you no harm.

We can change the world, for the better—you and I.

Hope to see you in church, as we celebrate the real reason for the season.



Tom Wilbur is President/CEO of BANK VI, in Salina, Kansas. On Christmas Eve, you can join him and The NINE:50 Worship Band, at 5:00 P.M., at Trinity United Methodist Church. He can be reached at