Christmas Is About Love and Charity
Love and Charity
I wanted to take a few minutes this Christmas day to express my feelings about what types of things you should be doing this Christmas. This is a pretty important day for families, and I do think it is extremely important that you spend time with your family. It is always fun to see the kids open up their presents and just have a great time, but I hope you also take the time to think of someone else that may be having a hard time this Christmas.
Believe it or not, there is a lot of hurt that goes on during this time of the year. I am not talking about just hunger or thirst, but also physical and emotional pain. Maybe someone you know lost a loved one or suffered some form of a major or minor problem.
And so we should ask ourselves: How can I help? Did I call someone who is having a hard time? Did I volunteer some time at the local food bank or shelter? Where are my thoughts this Christmas? Where and how did I spend my money? What did I do with my time?
I am not trying to give you a guilt trip, but I just wanted to write out my feeling as a reminder for not just you, but for me as well. I know I sometimes get so caught up in what I am doing that I miss what is going on in the lives of people around me.
Remember, giving does not have to be complicated. You do not have to sacrifice lots of money and time...you just need to sacrifice something! That is key! Do what you feel comfortable. Give what you can and share your love with the world.
Love is the ultimate gift. Use your time and talents to bless the lives of those around you all year round, and not just at Christmas. On your New Year's Resolutions list, right down specific goals of what you are going to do next year to help those in need. Keep it simple, but make sure you put your heart into it.
If you have the means, let go of some of your money. This is pretty important. Many financial experts recommend donating your money. They even go as far as to say that it will help you manage your funds better. I believe that to be true myself. It helps you realize just how well off and blessed you are. It helps you realize that you have an abundance that you can share with others.
So give some hugs and make some contact with those around you. You never know when you might help improve or even save someone's life. Remember, it is not what you give, but how you give.
I hope that you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Maybe all your dreams come true and may you find peace in helping those who need it the most!
P.S. - Use your talents to share love this Christmas! Maybe you are a good listener, can sing, or play an instrument. Maybe you can be a good friend.
(Last Updated: 10/28/11)