Please remember the reason for the season.
This time of year we tend to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and keeping up with who got what - that we lose focus of the true meaning and blessings of the Christmas season.
Today - tonight - tomorrow - some time over this holiday, do something selfless. Not for the glory, but for someone else. Stop focusing on the THINGS of this world and focus on the things of the heart!
There is something so much bigger out there than that iPad.
Listening and Doing19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Tonight, in honor of Jesus' birth and in the spirit of giving, I (following the example of a friend) went to Walmart, went in and bought a gift card, and then staked out the parking lot, patiently waiting for a tug leading me down the path I should go. I found a lovely family, politely walked up and handed the mother a gift card and wished them a Merry Christmas - and walked away. The little girl with them softly said "awwwww...." as I was walking away. And with that - I was gone.
Tonight - I will say a special prayer that the family will be blessed a special way this year.
From there - I went on to purchase a gift for an anonymous person that I pray for regularly. This gift will arrive and never be acknowledged. But I will pray tonight that this gift does not go unused or unanswered. It was delivered with a special dose of love and prayer. Special blessings to this person and family.
I hope that you all stop and remember how blessed each and every one of us are - in our own individual way.
Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas
I am VERY thankful for my savior's birth, death and resurrection.
I. am. BLESSED.