“…And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
This time of the year we are encouraged to take note of the blessings that we have and to give thanks to God for all of the things that He has given us.
Giving thanks to God is essential for us as Christians. We are even commanded to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But I think that sometimes amid all the hustle and bustle of the season we forget to give.
This time of the year we are often reminded of the need of those around us. Those who are less fortunate than ourselves. So, as we give thanks to God for all of the blessings that He has given us why don’t we give a little to those who need it most?
I encourage you to take a look around your local community for ways to give to others this Holiday Season. There are so many service opportunities in our own backyards if we just take the time to look. Start with your local church and see if there is a food pantry, Holiday basket, or Holiday meal that you could donate to. Then take a look around your community for a soup kitchen or shelter that may be in need of a few extra volunteers. Donate to a local food pantry, or buy gifts for a local children’s shelter.
Remember that serving and helping those less fortunate doesn’t just involve material things. Sure, those things are important but don’t ever underestimate the gift of a helping hand or a smile.
While your out doing your shopping make sure to greet those around you with a smile. It’s always nice to run into a friendly individual amid the craziness. Let someone that looks a little stressed go through the checkout line first. Hold the door open for a stranger and tell them Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas.
Take some time to go visit someone that’s a little under the weather or elderly. Just sit and chat a while–you’ll be greatly blessed by the stories and insight that they may share. Give someone that looks a little down a hug.
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the most difference. Don’t ever think that you don’t have something to offer. You were made by a loving God and He has given you something that can help someone. Find what it is and use it to bless someone this Holiday season!
What are some other ways that you can think of to serve this holiday season? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.
Until next time,