You can make a difference
By Kelly Mouisset
Each year as the holidays approach we begin to schedule the events we will attend. We have a Christmas party here, a Thanksgiving gathering there and a few parties in between. I must admit our family is blessed with large families on both sides. But, this is not the case for most.
Where there is family, there can be strife. If there isn’t enough family, it can be lonely. I remember a conversation with a friend of mine a few years ago who said they missed the family gatherings now that many of their family members have passed away. For them, it was lonely during the holidays. Those empty chairs just reminded them of how lonely their life had become. Holidays are not all filled with presents and joy; there is pain, hurt, loneliness and heartache.
Slow down this holiday season and see the people God puts in your path to bless. Try not to get so caught up in the season that you miss why you are celebrating in the first place. Be thankful for what you have and find ways to give to those around you.
I will leave you with a few suggestions to get you started: Smile at the cashier when you checkout. Write a note to someone who is grieving. Invite someone to your family dinner. Bring a lonely neighbor some Christmas cookies. Make some sandwiches and feed the homeless. Call that friend that God put on your heart to check in on them. Invite someone to church with you. Buy one extra present to give away to someone struggling this year. Cook a meal and take it to someone. Take a minute to acknowledge someone’s loss. Sometimes they just need their pain acknowledged by someone else to help get through the day.
It only takes a few minutes to change someone’s world. Share your holiday spirit with those in need this year. You can make a difference in someone’s life.
1 John 4:11, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (NIV)