Something has been bothering me lately. I’ve been trying to understand why it takes the holiday season to make people sit back and reevaluate their actions, or try to change how they do things. In all sincerity, let’s think about this for a minute …
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to remind people to be kind.
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to make time for those we love.
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to be gracious and loving towards others.
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to spur people into letting go of old grudges.
- It shouldn’t take the holiday season to heal relationships and begin anew.
To put it simply, it shouldn’t take the holiday season to get our priorities straight.
Everyone calls it the “Christmas Spirit”, but in all reality, it should be our human spirit and our human spirit should be with us all year long – not just during the holidays. God commands us to love one another and that does not come with a time frame of only during the months of November and December.
There are so many ways that we can help our fellow human beings, all throughout the year. The question is, why don’t we? Why do so many people wait until turkeys and Christmas music appear before they begin thinking of other people? (Or at least before they actually *act* on those thoughts.)
I’ve been trying to make it a point this past year to give where I can, to help where I can, and to serve others where I can. Granted, I have not done anything so important that would make people sit up and take notice of me, but that’s ok with me. I prefer to be a “behind-the-scenes” type of person and not in the public eye. Sometimes the greatest things we can do, and the greatest gifts we can give, are done in quiet.
I’m not telling you this to pat myself on the back; I’m telling you this to let you know that blessing someone (even in a very small way) is so incredibly important. It’s important to them. It means something to know that someone out there cares about them enough to make that small gesture. It’s also important to us as a society, to share our blessings, our time, and our hearts.
I’ve also been on the receiving end of many kindnesses this year. I’ve had friends who have blessed me (even though they may not even realize it) and their simple acts of friendship have meant so much to me.
My friend Shellie walked and talked with me through a very difficult few months that I have had this year. Just having her listening ear there for me made all the difference in the world.
My friend Mary on Facebook – whom I’ve never even met in person – is always there to boost my spirit and to pray for me. I’m so thankful for her!
My friend Pat makes me laugh, she inspires my creative heart, and I know that I can always count on her if I need her.
My mother of course, is always there to give advice, to encourage me, and to love me through the difficult times in life. I know she is my mother, but she has also become my friend, and for that I am extremely grateful.
So you see, it isn’t only about giving material things to someone in need. It’s about being there for one another. It’s about showing that you care. It’s about love.
Don’t let another year pass before you think of what you might be able to do to make someone’s day a little brighter. Love them today. Love them tomorrow. Love them every day.