As people around the world celebrate the birth of Christ today, may each of us, regardless of our religious perspective, remember that we individually and collectively can bring the ultimate gifts of Christmas ~ peace, hope, joy and love into our own lives, as well as the lives of others.
Today is Christmas. Instead of just giving and receiving gifts, determine to be a gift in someone’s life. Your presence can lift another’s spirit, energize with joy and remind them that their life, regardless of the circumstances, is a blessing. Be the gift today and make a difference in the lives of others. Merry Christmas to you and yours from my home to yours!!
It’s easy to get lost in the commercialization of Christmas where parents feel pressured to give their children their undying wish for that special toy or the newly released mobile phone. In all your revelling today remember what matters most……….Family, Friendships and Reflection. Whether you’re in observance of the day or not, hope you’re enjoying the magic of the season.
“I will live this day as if it were Christmas. I will be a giver of gifts and deliver to my enemies the gift of forgiveness; my opponents, tolerance; my friends, a smile; my children, a good example, and every gift will be wrapped with unconditional love. ”
It is the little things in life which often bring us the greatest pleasure and joy, and little things can have a tremendous power all of their own. It could be a small kindness, or the smile on a child’s face, the wag of a dog’s tail, or a stunning sunset. These are the things that life is made of.
A GOOD housekeeper sees to it that dust and dirt do not accumulate in nooks and corners and on shelves. Periodically, the house is gone over and given a thorough cleaning.
Too often in our spiritual lives, we allow negative things to accumulate in the corners of our minds. We tackle the obvious problems as they come along, but allow the small difficulties to pile up in the corners, or perhaps push them down into the subconscious, and try to forget about them.
For instance, if you are faced with a problem of health or finance, you will get to work on that immediately, but if on the other hand, someone has injured you, instead of handling it spiritually at the time, you probably tuck it away in your mind, and perhaps pack in a little resentment along with it.
And so with many problems of a like nature, such as envy, jealousy, false pride, and various faults of character. These should be dealt with as they arise. But in any case, if you have allowed them to accumulate, now is the accepted time to sweep them out of the corners where they have piled up.
If someone has injured you, forgive him now, and be done with it. Or if you have injured someone else, ask God’s forgiveness, and claim His blessing on the other person as well as on yourself. Take care of the other difficulties in like manner.
Be a good housekeeper. Do not sweep these negative things “under the carpet” for they will only be there to plague you later on. Clean out every nook and corner—and God will make you worthy of greater accomplishments in the future, because your house will be founded upon the rock of Truth, and nothing else.
This is my submission to Debbie’sForgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.
This year has been a roller coaster of events with one cart bumping the other! Yesterday I was mesmerised by the thick Fog that hovered over us all day. While watching the heavy Mist roll by my office window I reflected on this past year, how quickly it flew by, I mean Christmas is literally just around the corner now, something I was not ready for, Christmas seem to come more quickly each year. I also reflected on all we had to not just face but embrace this past year. Certain things you can’t brush off you have to embrace and move on.