It’s very easy to get all wrapped up in the hoopla and festivities during the holiday season. Times are hard for the majority of us, and with that being said, it can be very easy to forget those in need.
Every little bit helps. So Christmas is literally right around the corner, so maybe it’s too late to get in on some charity drives, like Toys for Tots or something, but it’s never to late to give. I haven’t been able to go out and buy new gifts for charity this year, but I have been able to donate some gently used toys. I’ve also tried to put some money into the Salvation Army bell ringers outside the store, and if I’m with the kids I have them do it and let them know why they’re doing it.
I’m inspired and overjoyed when I hear stories of the Secret Santas who are paying off strangers layaway purchases. I would love to be able to do that one day. But it’s something as small, as a sincere smile as you pass by someone. Wishing someone a Happy Holidays can really make someone’s day. Paying for the person behind you’s coffee or biscuit in the morning. Simple small gestures. That’s part of what this season is all about.
If you’re experiencing a low time during this season, please be encouraged. There is nothing wrong with a Charlie Brown Christmas. I’ve experienced a few myself and it’s hard to go thru. Especially if you’re a parent and you just can’t give to your kids the way you want to. Because let’s face it…the bills are still due. I’ve had some small Christmases as a teenager and as an adult and you know what…it’s ok. Christmas is not about gifts. It’s really not. It’s about the gift that God gave to us in his son Jesus. It’s about giving, not just money, but time, love, joy. It’s about spending time with family. If you don’t have family, your friends are your family. If you know someone who will be without their family during this time, invite them over to share your family meal.
I just want to encourage you if you’re going thru some low times this season. I hate that so many people suffer thru depression at this time. I truly understand it, but I hate it so much. I’ve been there before. So just know that I’m lifting you up in prayer. I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous healthy New Year. And I pray that you know that you are not alone, and that you know that whatever you’re going thru, you can get thru this.
Be blessed. Be encouraged. And please remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. All of this commercialisim is not what it’s about. We partake in it and enjoy the festivities but if all you have this Christmas is what you had the day before, then that’s alright. For all that you’re going thru…there’s someone who is going thru so much more. Merry CHRISTmas!!! Happy Hanukah. Happy Kwanza . Happy Festivus!!! All of the above!!!