The Christmas season is upon us! Or, should I say, the commercialized Christmas season is smothering us. After Thanksgiving, the infamous “Black Friday,” we jump head first into the shop, shop, shop-till-you-drop mode. Getting up early and staying up late to spend money that we really should be saving, and spending money that we will later anxiously be trying to replace. For some, the commercialized Christmas season brings on the anxiety of trying to find monies for gifts, gifts and more gifts. And for others, the more commonly used spending tactic, credit cards, will place us in more unaffordable debt for a year, or more.
The shopping, spending, overspending, and excessive, lavish gift giving, are all so far from Christ in Christmas. I know; we all want to give our children, spouses, friends, and loved ones nice gifts, but wouldn’t something more meaningful like demonstrating the true spirit of Christmas be better. Christ gave of Himself to us. He demonstrated unconditional love. He committed the most selfless act ever, giving His life for us. His very birth was an act of selflessness by His Father. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son….” John 3:16.
This Christmas season let us keep the Christ in Christmas! Let us show our family, friends, and loved ones how to give of ourselves; how to be selfless. Let us reach outside the border of our loved ones and demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas by giving to those less fortunate. Let us be an example that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. There are many that would appreciate the gift of a warm coat or blanket. The gift of a hot meal would cause many to be overjoyed.
Let us not be so busy shopping and preparing for Christmas that we fail to honor Christ during this Christmas season. Pay attention to those around you, so that we do not miss an opportunity to demonstrate Christ to those that are homeless, hungry, hurting, and in need.
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’” “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you failed to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were failing to help me.’” Matthew 25:44-45