4. Give hope.
I don’t know why, but I feel like Christmas has been overcomplicated for so long that the cacophony we create crowds out the hope it stands for. I feel for all of us humans, it’s enticing to gauge our values on what we can buy. I do feel bad for saying this; it’s just I’m hoping that if you’ve felt it, too, it may give you hope.
You’re not crazy; and that longing you feel beyond any possessions you own, is there to attach you to your Creator.
I do love that Christmas tends to shine a light on how we can share our abundance with others. I want to make sure, however, that when or if I donate, pack a shoebox, serve the homeless, or serve a meal in my home, that I listen for where someone may need words of encouragement. Because dropping off, scooping, packing, and sending may, or may not, create hope. Certainly, if we prayerfully dedicate every action we take in these efforts, to God’s will – then it will.
I once heard a radio show telling a story about Mother Teresa. The host said he was offering her access to the airwaves to tell people about how to donate to her ministry; asking what they could do to spread the word. As I recall, Mother Teresa replied that she didn’t want the money or publicity.
Instead, Mother Teresa asked: If you want to know how you can help, come in person, in the middle of the night, into the streets with me, and convince someone that they are not alone.
Do you know anyone in your circle of influence who may be feeling alone? Desperate? Sad this season? I know I do. I want to be sure some things drop off my to-do list if I’ve not made time to listen to their hurt. Then in a humbly imperfect way, to offer hope.
Do you by chance have four to-dos on your list that could be replaced with any of these? Or, may I encourage you to just try one? Seek a moment you can sink your whole self into. Look for where you can give in a way that may garner no accolades or thanks. But that you know is faithful. It will surely be given in the Christmas Spirit of the One who gave it all.
Lia Martin is a Faith Editor at Crosswalk.com and author of Wisdom at Wit’s End: Abandoning Supermom Myths in Search of Supernatural Peace.
Photo Credit: Crosswalk.com/Rachel Dawson
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