It’s that time of year again when everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of gift giving and receiving. There are last minute sales to attend, plenty of gift wrapping and prepping for that special dinner with family on Christmas Day! Kids are going crazy with anticipation about what gifts they will get off of their Christmas list this year and parents are either frazzled or prepared for the upcoming gift exchange. There are gifts for the special people in our lives, whether they be close friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, nurses, crossing guards, bus drivers and more. While all of this is great, lets not lose sight of the meaning of this season and what everyday should mean to everyone of us to add something special.
In my opinion, Christmas is about giving thanks. This holiday was set up because someone decided this is when Jesus was born. Jesus’ birth is not a light subject, it either brings joy or controversy in the midst of a conversation. In my life, it brings joy…the joy of knowing that God loved me enough to send His only Son to save me and the rest of the world! Because of this, I feel so special!!! For that reason, this holiday should be one of giving thanks…yeah I know that Thanksgiving just passed, but lets not lose sight. Whether you are Jewish, atheist, buddhist, or whatever you do, you probably celebrate Christmas and when you do, you celebrate with loved ones and those that matter most to you. Because of work, other obligations and responsibilities, we don’t get to be around our loved ones that often. So during this special time of year, just be sure to take time out to relax and show the ones you love how much you love them.
Showing love doesn’t always come through giving gifts, although receiving gifts always feels great…hey the gift of Salvation is the GREATEST gift we can receive and it feels great to have that! But lets not get too caught up in the gifting process, but rather lets get caught up in the loving process with family, friends, and those that we appreciate in our lives. Hey, why not take the loving process further and not just do it once a year…but how about we celebrate the joy in love everyday by telling others how much we appreciate them and saving negative attitudes for the garbage. It doesn’t hurt to try.
As much as I love this time of year and receiving gifts!…how much greater would the whole year be if we could hold this cheer and share it all year….and even take a moment to share it with those who are less fortunate! Hey, these are just my thoughts and feelings…you don’t have to agree, but I appreciate you stopping by…leave a thought below, I’d love to know what your thoughts are personally.
…As always…thanks for stopping by….