I've purchased no gifts, It's cool, Christmas is less than 20 days away. I don't know if it's work, or lack of motivation, or maybe because it's Arizona, Christmas seems delayed.
But then I remember this holiday that we hold on to so dearly, we complain about red cups and say we're taking Christ out of Christmas, is a holiday that has gotten way out of control.
What do I mean? We start shopping at 6pm on Thanksgiving instead of spending time with family and friends. We max out credit cards and waste hours on Amazon just to find that perfect deal. That perfect deal turns into more and more items we cram into our comfortable houses.
I've already created my Christmas list this year, but if I could do it all over, I would ask for:
More time with loved ones
and most importantly, I'd thank God for another year and for blessings in the new one.
This year I asked for practical versus wants, but still I feel more and more guilty every year receiving stuffed stockings knowing that there is so much going on in the world: Hatred of ethnic and people groups, the war on "gun control", veterans with no jobs or homes, orphans spending another Christmas without a family, Christians being persecuted for their faith, world hunger, the rising debts of people and nations, the worship of celebrities and the shunning of faith, depression/suicide, mass murder attacks around the globe, AIDS, and so much more. Instead we fill out schedules to the brim of things that make us feel good about ourselves (me included), avoiding conflict, practicing apathy and rejecting love and empathy, and wearing masks that lie to the world that we are ok.
This holiday season is fun and magical. But it's better when we are not acting like "Grinches and Scrooges." You don't think we are? Have you checked your Facebook and Twitter? We complain about everything do nothing about anything, think someone else will solve the problem and focus entirely on ourselves. I'm not here to point fingers or make you feel bad about yourself or Christmas. But I am asking that you pause a little this season and see what you can do to make a difference in others lives. I'm basically trying to say if Christ has left Christmas, then bring it back. And once Christmas is over keep giving of yourself to those in need. It shouldn't be Christmas that makes us generous.
This is one of those posts that will either leave you depressed or motivated, or maybe a little of both. And I'm perfectly ok with that. I'm not ok with reactions. Instead of reacting to what you read, act on it!
I will be going Christmas shopping and participating in holiday traditions, but I will actively be looking for ways to make a difference, even if it's one person at a time. Because what truly matters is our heart, and I'm tired of my selfishness and greed. On that note, have Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Know of someone who is in need this holiday season? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This post was first published on Thelaurenmarie.com