I got to experience the wonderful spirit of truly giving. I was out with my family eating before the big hustle of last minute shopping that needed to be done. It was one of those days where you just needed a pick me up from all the stress that seems to bombard us every day. I was really was having one of those days. Everything seemed to be going downhill around me and very little seems to be changing. I really needed to see a gesture that there was kindness. All this month, I have seen so many car accidents, disasters where families have lost their homes cause of fires, evictions from their homes, and much more. I have felt the devastation of lost for the many other people around me. So my spirit has not been the strongest that it is normally.Where are the people that have the spirit of Christmas? Well I met some people like that today!
To top it all off it happened to be people that were teenagers, what joy that was!. After my meal with my family at the Texas Roadhouse which sits inside the mall, my children and I, went to the play area in the mall so that my four year old daughter could play for thirty minutes. We began to exit the mall and proceeded to the target store where my car was sitting in the parking lot. I wanted to get some bananas so I got them and went to the check out. Well this is when I was approached by 5 teenagers. They said that they were looking for different people to give gifts to for Christmas, and they wanted to give a gift to my four year old. I agreed that she could have one. They gave her a big fluffy stuff dog. This action of kindness and giving help lift my spirits.
“Tis the season to indulge in the spirit of giving, and leave it to a group of forward-thinking individuals and corporations to collaborate on a project that will keep giving long into the future”
I think that we should remember that the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving and thinking about others. It’s a time for celebration of life and of those who are sharing our life with us. The 5 teenagers were able to help me remember that and although we will have struggles, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. If only this sense of self could be like this every day of the year.
So I challenge everyone to think about ways that you can show generosity of spirit, it doesn’t have to do with your pocket. Here are a couple of suggestions that I have done already.
1. Give compassion today to someone who is hurting… even if you can see they have dug their own hole.
2. Give the gift of time to someone who needs to process her thoughts out loud.
3. Give forgiveness remembering God has forgiven you.
4. Give encouragement to someone who is frustrated or discouraged.
5. Give a place at your table and share a meal.
You are welcomed to leave some suggestions that you have done or will do, to me and others to try in the comment area. Thank you all for sharing and Merry Christmas!
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