Christmas has gotten greedy and selfish, especially in America. It seems like fighting over who is first in line for the latest toy or hurting someone to steal their large screen TV is becoming the norm.
‘My’ child deserves this new X Box. ‘My’ husband needs this i Pad. ‘I’ deserve these new boots, not you.
Culture has taught that new is better and pampering ourselves rules. All the while, the true message that Christ taught, of blessing others, gets lost in the shopping madness.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to give special gifts to our loved ones, or of wanting something new for Christmas. However, when we do so at the expense of neglecting to give to others, we miss the truest blessings of the season.
In reality, by the time they trash the bows, the kids have likely moved on to what they want next. The new wears off about as fast as they open the box these days. Even the Grinch could vouch for that.
However, Christmas that is all about getting stuff doesn’t satisfy; it only temporarily thrills. The secret to feeling true warmth at this season is giving. By drawing near to Christ, then letting Him bless others through you. Giving affords the way to be a blessing.
Most of us who already know this. So, when you are out there frantically trying to finish your holiday shopping, allow the Holy Spirit to direct you about who and how to bless. The needs are everywhere, but opportunities for giving are sometimes close to home, even right down the street.
It may just be that those people God puts on your heart has a need that nobody else will meet. For them, you could be their only Christmas blessing.
Blessings to each of you today,