growing up, christmas was my favorite time of the year. even over my birthday. which may sound crazy, but it’s okay. there is just something magical about this time of year. it always seemed to bring out the best in everyone. even with the craziness of trying find the perfect present for everyone. as i’ve gotten older, that love has only grown. the christmas holiday is one of my favorites and i don’t think that will ever change.
aside from receiving anything, my favorite part of christmas is giving. i know to some that may seem very generic, and like the “christian” thing to say, but i really mean it. giving gifts is one of my love languages and it really shows. i just love buying everyone christmas presents. i seem to lose all sense of what the word “budget” even means at this time. every year i tell myself, “i will not go crazy, i will only buy for a few people.” but of course that never happens. i just love giving gifts. but my favorite part about giving gifts, is seeing their reaction once they receive it. knowing that by a simple gift i can show someone that they are loved and cared about, is an amazing feeling. and honestly, something that is really needed in this world. there is enough hate going around that giving some love is desperately needed. every year, i strive to give more and more. not because i want people think i have so much money to spend on gifts (cause i really don’t) but because i want people to know they are loved and thought of.
if you think about it that is exactly what Christ wants us to do. matthew 22:37-40 tells us, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And second is like this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” as followers of Christ we are too show others the love of Christ. and what a better way, than to give someone a simple gift and show them they are important. even something as simple as a card. and the best part? you don’t have to just wait for Christmas to do this. you can do this all year long. show people they are important, thought of, loved. that is the true spirit of christmas, at least in my opinion 😉
so i challenge you to take some time this christmas season to show the love of Christ to someone outside of your “circle.” maybe someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while. or even someone who you may not get along with. will you take that challenge with me?