Thought of the Day – Dec 6, 2011 – The Gift that keeps on Giving


So today I was thinking about how December seems to be the most stressful time of the year. I mean for me I enjoy it to some extent and for other reasons I dread it because the focus during this last month of the year is always about shopping like madness to scramble for “deals” to stuff we can buy for our families and friends because it’s Christmas. It is supposed to be a wonderful time of year but I think that over the years we have made it more commercialized than it should be and have missed the point of Christmas by a large extent.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ who came to save us sinners from eternal damnation. I know that that sounds harsh and I couldn’t quite figure out a way to say it “nicely” so that you could sleep well at night.  The Savior of the World that was the Greatest Gift that the Lord gave to us. We scorn Him, we shun Him, we act like He doesn’t exist, and Yet He still promises that He will never Leave you nor Forsake You despite our pathetic attitudes.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV):
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

I’m not saying that everyone is like this but I find that here in the West, there is more commercialization of Christmas than the rememberance of the whole reason behind it all. We forget our salvation was packaged through the coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

I think of all that He has done for us and I know that none of us can out do God, none of us can out give what He gave us at Calvary; however, we can do something that is just as wonderful as what Jesus has done for us and that is by showing that same level of compassion and love that He showed us to those that haven’t received that Gift that keeps on Giving.

Let us think of ways to give to those in Need this Christmas. I always keep clothes that I buy and haven’t worn for this time of year to give to those in need. Look in your closets and you’ll notice the pair of shoes you only wore once or that gown you wore at the prom and never will wear again, or that suit you wore and have outgrown or that toy you no longer use or play with and have outgrown. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still give because you were meant to be BLESSED to be a BLESSING. Everybody who has something has the ability to give to another that doesn’t. So this Christmas, as you go about  your shopping sales madness, think of those that do not have. Remember that if you have at least $1.00 in your pocket you’re richer than the next man. The Dollar store has stuff that kids can participate in getting stuff for others. It’s all about the HEART of Christmas.

Become the Gift that keeps on Giving. Let’s not miss the point and think outside the gift Box.

Acts 20:35
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” [Emphasis added].

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