3 Things to Remember This Christmas
1.) Less is More
Jesus lived a life of humility and simplicity that became a key element of his ministry on Earth. Try to reflect these same Christ-like attitudes by focusing on small and personal. Simple isn't just beautiful - it's powerful. We don't have to cram our days full of activities, and we don't have to make everything big and complicated. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." (Prov. 19:21 NIV)
2.) Friends and Family are a gift, be present
One way to tell our families and friends that we love them is by giving our undivided attention. When we give someone our time, we give them a portion of our life that we'll never get back. Jesus showed his love by being present. He gave people time and focused attention when they needed his help, comfort, and protection. Our aim at Christmas should be showing up in the lives of those we love. "Just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action." (1 John 3:18 TEV)
3.) Give with Delight
God uses giving as an antidote for materialism and he loves it when we give with a delighted heart. Instead of overspending on hollow materialism, let's give true, heartfelt, delightful gifts. Expand beyond the financial and share your time and talents. When we don't share, we're keeping others from experiencing the full blessings of God.
Jesus said there's more happiness in giving than in receiving, but here's an important point to remember this Christmas: Giving is a matter of willingness, not wealth. God doesn't want your possessions; he wants your heart. (Matt 6:21)