I love Christmas time. It’s always a time I use to reflect on my life, where i’m at, what i’m doing, how i’m doing it. Christmas comes at a perfect time, just before the new year….thus a great time to resolve to be better, to adjust, to make positive changes.
So what exactly does Christmas mean to me?
First and foremost, it’s a great time to remember Jesus Christ. No doubt, our lives should be centered around Christ every single day of the year, not just Christmas. However, Christmas is a great time to put even more emphasis on His divine mission.
Christmas is also a great time of year to look to bless and serve others. This is another one that shouldn’t be done just around Christmas time. We should obviously try to serve, help and bless others….throughout the whole year. However, Christmas is a time that really opens people’s hearts as everyone spends so much more time with the people they love most, friends and family. It opens hearts and people are more willing to share, give and bless the lives of others. The Christmas spirit brings feelings of love, generosity, patience, kindness, hope and charity.
My parents have always been such great examples of charity and bringing the Christmas spirit into our lives. They are always so generous in their giving. And one thing that always goes to show that their heart is definitely in the right place is that they always give anonymously. They don’t need any recognition or credit for giving…and they certainly aren’t ever looking for something in return. They do it out of the goodness of their hearts. The kinda thing I blogged about last week.
I know exactly what it’s like to be on the needy end. I’m kinda there now (newlywed entrepreneur). And i’ve been there plenty of times before (much of my years growing up). That’s why it felt so good on Thursday night when Rachel and I got the pleasant surprise on our doorstep. We truly do appreciate it. It does mean a lot. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe. Our hearts swelled with joy, gratitude, love and appreciation. It motivated us to be better and more charitable. To pass it on. Charity is so contagious. It really is.
As i’ve learned from my parents and how they are so willing to share….I’ve tried to emulate them as much as possible. Rachel and I don’t have a lot to give…but we try to do as much as we can. The main reason is because we know exactly what it’s like to be on the other end, like I describe in the above paragraph. We know it now and I felt it for many years growing up. And I think that’s why my parents are so willing to give of their blessings. They know the feeling. They know the other side. My father was an entrepreneur and had many struggling years while me and my brothers were younger. Tough, tough times financially. He was able to make it through those years and come out on top. Ever since then, my parents have always been so generous and willing to help others. Because they know. They know the other side. They know the feeling. They were able break through and get to the top. Ever since, they’ve always wanted to send the elevator back down to the bottom to help others come to the top and join them.
Like my parents, so many of us are “on top.” Even though Rachel and I aren’t rich, we are certainly “on top” in so many different aspects of our life. Our skills and talents. Our health. Our attitudes. Our knowledge and education. Our families and friends. Our accomplishments and opportunities. Our spiritual direction.
We can all still give….if not of our resources, at least of our time and talents. It feels good to share. It feels good to serve. It feels good to bless. Especially having been on the complete opposite side of “on top.”
To me that’s what Christmas is all about. Giving of your resources; giving of your time; giving of yourself….to make someone a little happier, to make someone’s smile a little brighter, to make someone’s day/year a little better.
Yup, it’s exactly what Christ did. Except he didn’t do it for just one day, one week, or one month. Rather, He did it his entire life!