I ran across a post on the web today that made me really stop and examine what it is I do and for what reason I do it. I was reading a beautiful young woman's blog on how she felt about the election from a Christian point of view. Her post had gone viral and I began reading it every day. One man simply wrote, "Mark 10:21 - read it - follow it." So I read it and this is what it says:
And Jesus looked upon him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But the next one was the one that hit home: "22. At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions."
There are homeless among us and they need our help. Across this great nation, there are people suffering and we can help them, if we realize what's truly important in our lives.
Every year at this time, we should clean out a closet, or a box of things we don't need, but that might keep someone warm, or simply give them a fresh set of clothes for a day. Sing carols at an old folks home. Bake cookies with the neighborhood kids. Enjoy those things in life that help others. Our blessings are so abundant - too many to count. Let's give to our community, our neighbors, those among us with less. Give directly - from heart to heart, smile to smile.
We're about to launch into a new holiday season and my prayer for each of us is that we can be more like Jesus. More giving, and less sorrowful.