HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS! Thank you for the sacrifice… for making the world a better place… and for bringing ‘purpose’ to the world. During this season of LOVE and GIVING of gifts, I hope you will take the time to reflect on the goodness of GOD, and think about what it means to you. Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as it is about opening our hearts.
GOD created us to love and help others. However, the direction of our society has caused people to lean more towards selfishness rather than giving, on helping ourselves rather than helping our brothers and sisters in humanity.
I’m not saying we are all like that, but it can happen, if we’re not careful. Too often, the trend in society nowadays is for people to separate from either other.
Cars have taken us off the streets, where we used to greet each other and stop to chat.
Office cubicles have taken away a bit of the humanity in working
Television has planted us firmly in our living rooms, instead of out with other people.
Movie theaters, where many people get together, cut us off from true conversation because we’re staring at a big screen.
All the above-mentioned things are great in many ways, but we have to consciously guard against the tendency of individuality…, which causes us to focus more on ourselves, and exclude our fellow human beings.
Certainly, it’s not the “Presents” that make Christmas so special, it’s the “PRESENCE” of those you love, whether they are with you in person, or spirit… and the “PRESENCE” of GOD. Christmas should never be just about giving presents.
GOD created the best gifts. Yet, it is up to each of us to personalize those gifts and find the best way to use them to be a blessing to others.
Here are 7 things you can do to make the Christmas better for others.
- Show love
- Practice forgiveness
- Be Kind
- Show compassion
- Be a shoulder for someone to lean on
- Helping others bear a burden that’s too heavy
- Be a friend to the friendless…
The challenge to present GOD to others is one that lasts throughout the 365 days of each year. And, when all of us can step up to the plate and meet this challenge… it will be very pleasing to GOD, and it will give Him the best birthday present, ever. MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” ~ Luke 2:14 (KJV)