A Christmas Gift for Everyone

A Christmas Gift for Everyone

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another … Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love …   Colossians 3:12-14

Christmas should be a time when we Christians shine with love for our fellow man.

Yeah, I know. Easier said than done.

Hard to love the crowds vying for parking spaces, or the neighbor who fills his lawn with obnoxious decorations, or the eighty-seventh person who asks you for a contribution to a worthy cause.

One thing that can help is to develop a mindset of blessing.

We can bake, decorate, shop, and rush to programs because that’s what one is expected to do this time of year.

OR

We can do them with intent to bless. All it takes is a shift of mindset.

Today, as you go about your work, both mundane and festive, think about the people you intend to bless through your efforts. Play over the food you prepare, asking God to bless all who eat it. Attend the concert motivated by a desire to bless not only your own child, but all the others on stage. (They probably need a few last-minute prayers from the auditorium.) Think about your customers or coworkers while you go about your job. Pray for them. Ask God to use your efforts (whether you’re installing rivets or writing inspirational articles) to further his kingdom in whatever way he chooses.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Think of it as a superpower. You can send deadly snark-darts at people. You can fill the room with noxious clouds doing-my-duty grumble-gas.

OR, you can choose to send warm, glowing blessing-rays that envelop whatever you touch, and spread onto whoever touches them next. In that way we can all spread God’s love to others, whether they know it or not.

Give the gift of intentional blessing this Christmas.

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

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  1. Thank you Lisa! Great reminder and such a subtle mind-shift. I want to do better at thinking this way!

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