Yesterday at church, one of our pastors spoke about lifting our eyes. Lifting our eyes and not being concerned with ourselves, but being more concerned with those around us and what we can do to help them. To love them.
I think especially during this time of year we can all get a little too caught up in our list of “to-do”s and easily miss out on so many simple opportunities to help others, to serve, and to just love. To spend quality time with our kids and talk about what this time of year is really all about. Gathering friends together to help feed the homeless. Baking cookies to bring to an elderly neighbor. Giving money to those who need it more than we do.
I’ve really been re-thinking how I view Christmas this year. I want it to be so much less about buying and more about giving. Giving of my time, my heart, my hands and my love. I want it to be about sharing my life with others. I want it to be about getting to know people better, reaching out more. I want it to be more about my incredible Savior. I want to celebrate His life through my actions. I don’t want to make the malls and stores and bazillionaires more money while throwing away mine. I want to pour into those who need my help, who need my encouragement, my care and my understanding.
God has been speaking loudly to me lately. He is wanting me to get uncomfortable again. He wants me to get out there and HELP people. Casting out all fears and just washing some feet for a while.
Isn’t that what Christmas should be about? Shouldn’t we be celebrating the life we all should follow? Imitating the perfect role model.
I mean really, can you see Jesus at the mall buying gifts and fretting over what he should buy his neighbor or his boss? No, he would be helping, serving, loving and teaching. So simple and so much more important than anything we could ever buy.
When I was looking for a graphic to put at the top of this post, I came across this blog post from last year at this time. I love it, so I wanted to share it.