Christmas should be a time of reflection for all who profess belief in the birth of the Christ child. Still, with every passing year, the commercialization of Christmas makes it more and more difficult to stay focused on the true meaning of the holiday. There are, however, ways in which you can stay focused on Christ during this wonderful season:
-Sacrificial giving. Take the time to give to others who are less fortunate, and do not give from your excess. Give until it hurts. When you give sacrificially, you are giving as God did when He gave His only son to die. Rather than give your used up goods to the less fortunate, treat them to a brand new coat or scarf. While someone less fortunate will appreciate any gift, a gift of something brand new tells this person that he or she is worthy of the best.
-Share Jesus. Christmas gives Christians a special opportunity to share the story of Christ with others. It is a great time to expound upon the Christmas story and share how Jesus has changed your life. This will help others see Jesus Christ on a more personal level, planting the seed for redemption in their lives.
-Stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas. It can be easy to be swayed by dollar signs, good deals, and all of the Christmas festivities that surround you…most of which have little or nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Take this time to attend some of the many church services that abound at Christmas time. There are also many wonderful musical and choral events which focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
-Find a charity and make a commitment to give throughout the year. Most charity organizations are flooded with gifts and donations at Christmas time, but run on a deficit for many months after that. Also, take advantage of giving gifts to angel trees that are set up for children or the elderly. These provide gifts to those who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.
-Open your heart and home to someone who is alone. Many people find themselves alone at Christmas. Perhaps it is a college student away from home, or a person who has lost a spouse. Whatever the reason, take the time to invite these people into your home at some point over the holidays. Nobody should be alone, especially at Christmas.
-Share joy. Many people are stressed and anxious during the holidays trying to live up to the expectations of those around them. As a result, they go through the days bitter, angry, or sad. Be an example to everyone around you by sharing the joy that only comes from Christ. You will give hope to others, and brighten the days of those who have been unduly affected by the harsh attitudes of others.
-Keep the holiday simple. The simpler you keep Christmas, the more you will be able to reflect on the true meaning of the season. If you overwhelm yourself with so many things to do, you will find yourself at the end of the season wondering why you never had time to stop and simply reflect on the greatest gift the world has ever received…the gift of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 1:21 - "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
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