The Christmas Season is here! Can you tell? Heart-warming Christmas songs stimulate your heart as the aroma of pine trees, apple cider, and hot chocolate permeates the air. Although I said last month that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, something special about Christmas and its meaning fills my heart with joy.
With this in mind, I want to share with you some things to remember throughout the rest of this month and as we turn the page toward a New Year.
Think of God’s Gift. It sometimes sounds trite to say remember the “reason for the season,” But I want you to remember God’s love this Christmas Season. He sent His ONLY Son to die a horrific and excruciating death so that He could have a relationship with us!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3;16.
Whenever it is Christmas, we sometimes think of baby Jesus lying in a manger, but I want you to remember WHY JESUS CAME.
Almighty God sent His Son to die for you and me. I don’t share to make you sad but to remind you Of GOD’s GREAT LOVE for YOU!
The grace and love of God humbles me. My finite mind cannot wholly grasp His magnificent love, but I am forever grateful. How about you?
Think of Others. I know. I know. Most of us enjoy receiving gifts. Who doesn’t, right? However, can I tell you a little secret about myself? Shhh. Lean in closer, and I’ll let you know. I love giving gifts. I do! Researching and finding the best possible or meaningful gift for someone gives me tremendous joy!
Finding that gift for someone you love is fun, expecting nothing in return. (It doesn’t have to be expensive, but something for them to remember you by and remind them of your love for them.)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
This Christmas Season, I want you to think of someone outside of your immediate family that you can pray for, write a letter to, or maybe send a text telling them you care and let’s connect after the holidays.
Will you do that? I know you can. As you read this, did somebody come to mind? If not, pray and ask God to point you to someone who needs Christlike love.
Christmas Season Remember To:
Treat People with Kindness. Don’t be a Scrooge, people! I have lived somewhere in Texas for most of my life. I love that “southern hospitality,” especially from a pretty lady or a “southern bell.”
However, before the stroke, I enjoyed traveling up north to New Jersey to visit my sister and her family for Christmas. I looked forward to taking the train to New York City. Christmas in New York is magical. The stores! Oh, wow, the stores! The shopping was fantastic! Not for myself, mind you, but for the people who came to my mind as I looked through the glass windows or walked around in amazement at these marvelous and cavernous two- and three-story stores full of gifts for everyone of all ages! But let me say southern hospitality was hard to find in NYC! I love New York, but it’s different.
Anyway, enough of me reminiscing. I want you to look around you closer to home. Are there people to whom you can show kindness? Is your heart tender toward others?
Are you harboring bitterness in your heart? I know I did for years. Someone who was supposed to care for me took advantage and mistreated me to the point I was hurt so deeply. For years, that bitterness ate away at who I was. I wouldn’t say I liked how it affected me.So I asked for God's help. I knew I couldn't change on my own, but I was willing to humble myself and seek the intervention of God. It was Him who changed my heart. Click To Tweet
And you know what? God heard my pleas for help! He gave me the strength to show kindness despite my wounds and pain. He wants to help you, too.
I cannot tell you how free I feel when I am kind. There is also a peace that I cannot explain, but I know it’s from God. But my favorite is still random kindness. You bless someone with kindness, blessing them with a gift they need or did not expect.
Is there someone in your sphere of influence or around you to whom you can show random kindness this Christmas Season? Get creative and think about it. I promise your heart will be full when you bless someone with kindness. Here are a few ideas to help you start your joyful adventure of showing kindness.
- Bake some cookies. If you don’t have a recipe, pick up a tube of cookie batter, cut it up, bake it on a cookie sheet, and bless someone with freshly baked cookies!
- Write a letter. A handwritten note or letter is unique. It doesn’t have to be the Gettysburg address. Write from your heart. Ask God for wisdom. I pray and ask God when I sit down to write to you. I hope you can sense it comes from my heart. I love encouraging my spiritual siblings!
- Pay it forward. Buy someone’s order behind you at Starbucks. Let them see Christ in you. Isn’t that what CHRISTmas is all about?
- Pick up the phone. Is there someone you can call who would be blessed by the sound of your voice? Make time to call them.
- Say a prayer. Is there someone who would benefit from your purposeful prayer? As many of you who support me know, I cherish prayer. But have you experienced the power of prayer in your life or seen it happen to someone you care about? If you click on the link, you can read a FREE CHAPTER of my multiple award-winning books on the power of prayer. I want my readers to experience the benefits of powerful praying.
- I pray these few ideas have inspired you and ignited your thoughts about ways to show kindness this Christmas Season.
Say, “Thank You.” It may seem like a small thing, but the smallest of things make the most significant impact. Let me be clear: I don’t want a robotic ” Thanks.” I want a heartfelt “Thank You.” Whether it be your husband, wife, children, or maybe a stranger, when was the last time you said “Thank You?”
Those two words will do wonders for the person who hears them- that means both of you! You want to experience the joy of the Christmas Season? Say “thank you” to someone who deserves to hear those precious words. Don’t get upset if they don’t respond or look at you funny. You are giving them a glimpse of Christ. This is about living the way Christ intended when He chose you to be one of His royal ambassadors.
By the way, Did you know that this is Jesus talking to his disciples? Are you better than them? Can you not say, “Thank you?” Please hear me as you read this. Get into the habit of saying “Thank you” and saying it with heart and meaning. I want the person to whom you say those words to feel your heart and love.
My Gift to You
I pray that between now and when the bell rings in the New Year, you will return and remember to embed these five “little things” into your memory bank. Consider this my gift to you this Christmas Season. May your heart be filled with joy. May you realize the joys of giving and become an expert at handing out random kindness as you share your gratitude with those you love.
I know not everyone experiences joy at Christmas. This will be the third Christmas without my dad. However, my heavenly Father constantly reminds me that I am not alone. He continues to encourage my heart and enlighten my mind, and He inspires me to share- which is what I am doing with you right now.
.And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 1 John 3:23.
So, this Christmas Season of 2023, I encourage you to live in a way that shines brighter than all the lights in your neighborhood. Let those around you see Jesus- not stress, not anxiety, but Jesus. Show kindness. Love unconditionally. Live peacefully. We cannot do it on our own this Christmas, but you’ll be amazed at what God can do if you are willing to. What do you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comments about how you plan to “remember” this Christmas Season.
Have a Wonderful Christmas!
In Christian love,
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