“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.’” (Acts 20:35)
Standing as guardian over the Red Bucket, the volunteer began to sing a joyful melody as shoppers entered in to purchase their latest “gotta have it” merchandise. Most just passed by the melodious man while others dropped in their change checking the Holiday obligation off of their list. Whoever they were and whatever their condition, his tune continued, ringing out, filling the atmosphere with the spirit of Christmas.
As the infamous Black Friday approaches, so does the increasing desire for greed, selfishness, and inconsideration. Just dangle a bargain in front of a die-hard shopper’s nose and beware of what may lie ahead, literately. Another year draws distance between that beautiful holy night and a degradation of the Western society. How did we get here? When did life become about getting the best deal instead of receiving the greatest gift? Why is it that we care more about ourselves than about the birth of the true Savior? One word. Sin. We are all sinners in need of a savior and nothing, not even the best bargain or dandiest deal will ever change the fact that without Christ, we are empty. Even giving will not satisfy our souls unless our heart is in the right direction; giving as the heart and hands of Christ, selflessly.
As you go about your routine this holiday season, take time out to observe those around you. Is there a need that you can meet? Can you volunteer the time you would spend shopping and bless those at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or nursing home where few people spend their personal time?
Most importantly, make time with the one who gave the most precious gift of life. Come to know who He truly is and how much His love is for you. Spend time in His presence and ask Him to guide your heart to help those in need. Start to place other’s needs above your own, for the heart of God seeks out those who are in need of healing and restoration. Allow this Holiday season to be a season of change and of new beginnings.