Spread the Holiday Cheer that Comes from Heaven

( [email protected] ) Nov 05, 2004 03:39 PM EST

The holiday seasons are just around the corner. What is there to be done? Call up relatives, schedule time off from work, and save money for the turkey and tree? Instead of thinking, what needs to be done for me, think what I can do for others.

For many Christians, Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a time to spend quality time with families. While some reach in their pockets to dish out a trip to Grandma’s or a relative’s house, they do not reach out to the lost souls expressing most need during the season.

The holidays are a great opportunity for Christians and non-Christians to find a common ground. Through volunteering at soup kitchens or food and toy drives, Christians not only receive a chance to spread the love to the less fortunate but also their co-workers.

1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

If someone asks you, “Why do you volunteer?” or “Why are you here?” be prepared to tell them about the love of Christ you have received. How can you not share when you feel so abundant?

What is important, actually, is not focusing on what we have done, need to do for others, for God. If we overly focus on our deeds and merits, then we may fall into a trap of being compliment-hungry or feeling bound to a sense of duty as a Christian.

Instead of focusing on what I can do for other and for God, first we must focus on what God has done for me. Reflecting on the miracles and wonders God has already performed in our lives, our hearts will become warm and a natural desire to share our joy will follow.