Merry Christmas, my personal preference, Happy Holiday, however you want to say it, the holiday season is upon us. A season that can be especially difficult and discouraging for many. The reasons people find this time of year difficult are as varied as the people who are experiencing a difficult time. A positive word or words of encouragement can make all the difference in the world to someone hanging on by a thread. First and foremost, remember the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, remember to approach everyone, each situation positive or negative from a position of love. Treat everyone with the consideration and thoughtfulness you wish to receive in return.
The Reason for the Season
Christmas signifies the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, delivered into this world as a human to forever exalt as from all of our sins. When we remember the true reason for this season it facilitates our ability to remain humble, modest and grounded. From a modest and humble position it is easier to give thanks, appreciate all that we have and ultimately provide positive encouragement for the weary, downtrodden and overly discouraged. Remember, everyone has a story and it could be your words, either positive or negative that profoundly impact the next chapter of their story. Stress and anxiety are exceptionally high this time of year, a solid foundation of faith will help you navigate the difficult waters. Your faith can serve as a buoy for those in need of spiritual and emotional help.
Friends and Family
The holidays should be shared with those we love and care for most. Making memories, savoring the time spent with both young and old. Unfortunately too often we are consumed with stress and anxiety leading up to the magical day. Tempers are as short as the winter solstice and words often as hot and fiery as the ash from a freshly burned log. If only we could in those moments of weakness, step back, take a deep breath and remember what is truly important. Christmas day will come and go regardless of the presents purchased and wrapped, the food prepared and cooked or the arrival and departure of our loved ones. Cherish the moment, live in the present, give yourself to staying positive, treat everyone with love and kindness. Our fellow friends and family may need your strength and resolve more than they acknowledge or even realize.
Presents, Presents, Presents
“The power to love is God’s greatest gift to man, for it will never be taken from the Blessed one who loves.” – Khalil Gibran.
The greatest gift you can give anyone is your love. Whether it be children, adults, friends, family or enemies, love is priceless. It cannot be forced upon us or forcibly given to us, we cannot buy it online or in a store. Precious though it may be, it’s strength only marvels its fragility. Loving patience may be the most important gift you give. Be patient and kind with yourself, your friends, your family, those most important to you. We all have moments of question, moments of doubt and weakness, times of uncertainty. Our faith and resolve during these times will carry us through and hopefully propel some along with us.
We all love to receive gifts, praise and love, reluctantly we sometimes wait for others to give first before we reciprocate. Be generous with your love, be kind with your words for it is not “how much someone got or spent” that matters but how much we have freely given of ourselves to those around us. Share the love this holiday season, be the first to say “Merry Christmas”, be the first to offer praise, your gift of positivism will return multi-fold.
Give yourself the greatest gift of all, spread the love, give from your heart, let people know how much you care, how important they are to you and why this holiday means that much more having them be a part of it.
The Next Step
With each day that we wake with hearts full of appreciation, thankfulness and love we add to our solid foundation. We are building the foundation for what will become our strength in moments of weakness, moments of self-doubt, uncertainty. At the center of this foundation, the main pillar of strength is Jesus Christ. Whether it be through prayer, devotion, attendance at your local church, a small gathering of like-minded people. It is important to put your faith in trust in the Lord. It is not enough to just say you believe, or attend a service without being spiritually present. God knows what is in your heart, he is waiting for you to trust in him, to give your worries and troubles to him. Each step shortens the gap to the next, changing our attitude was a great first step, an excellent step would be placing your absolute trust and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is no special test, no application required, no specific course of actions other than asking for forgiveness, giving your heart and life freely to him, cast upon him all your worries and troubles.
Merry Christmas – The Beginning of Your New Life
Merry Christmas, God bless you all this holiday season. There will be moments of uncertainty, you will feel overwhelmed at times, unsure which direction to turn next. Keep your focus on the reason for the season, put your faith in God, cast your worries upon him, he will carry you through whatever may be sprung upon you. May you have a peaceful, positive, loving Christmas and holiday season. Enjoy your friends, family and loved ones, give them the most important gift of all, a gift from the heart, your gift of love and appreciation.