There are some months that seem to bring out the goodness in people. December seems to be one of those months and I am assuming that Christmas is the reason. There is something about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior that makes you want to be good.
During December there are lots of “needs” that come to our attention. You will see the Salvation Army bell ringers outside of stores and you will see Angel Trees with cards of requests from children attached to them. As a store owner, I can tell you that the requests for donations rise during November and December. It seems like everywhere you turn there is someone wanting money or donations from you. Go Fund Me pages are everywhere and you can’t watch television without seeing commercials asking for money for children, animals, weather victims, etc. I think we can get “giving fatigue” if we are not careful.
It is like going to the movies and seeing someone shot and killed on the screen. We have become numb to seeing devastation because we see it so much on television, the movies, or our computers. Mass shootings now seem like just another day and we feel bad for just a short period of time and then go on about our daily life. What I am trying to say is that these people who are in need don’t have faces, we don’t think of them as being a real person. OR, we wonder why we work so hard for what we have only to hand it over to someone we feel might not really deserve it. Do they work? Are they spending frivolously? Are they on drugs? Do they drink too much? How many kids do they have, isn’t it time they stopped having them if they can’t take care of them?
I think we would all be kidding ourselves if we didn’t admit that we have thought this way at least once. I know it is not MY job to judge someone but it is hard. I know that I am supposed to give “freely” but that is hard! There are a LOT of verses that tell us that giving is EXACTLY what we need to do, not just in December.
Luke 6:37-38 – 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Romans 12:13 – 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Matthew 25:44-45 – 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
There are many ways that we can give without having to write a check. You can give the gift of listening. Sometimes we just need a good cry or to talk to someone. You can give the gift of a meal. There are people who you could invite over for a dinner or take a meal to them. You can offer to babysit for a new and stressed mother. You could offer to drive someone to the store. You could go grocery or Christmas shopping for someone. If you just stop to think about what you can truly give I am sure you would be amazed. Giving the gift of yourself is what so many people need.
I thank you, Lord, for giving us the ultimate gift of your son. I pray that we will give as freely to others as you have given to us.
Please list some ways to give and bless others. Your idea might be a blessing to someone else, either who is reading this or who will be the recipient.
Have A Blessed Sunday!