The Holiday Spirit

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and people’s behavior changes. Starting right around Thanksgiving, people generally act nicer and think more about their fellow human being. Charitable donations also go up significantly between Thanksgiving and New Years.

Is this increase in kindness and generosity due primarily to the holidays themselves or have we been conditioned from a young age to think that someone is watching during this time of year and it is a holdover from that impressionable age?

While I enjoy the increase in these types of behavior I wish that people would act like this every day and not just for one month a year. How much better would it be if everyone acted this nice and generous every day? Wouldn’t it be amazing if people could always donate to those less fortunate and to constantly be willing to lend a hand to someone in need?

As you enjoy time with your friends and family, think of those who may not be as lucky. After the holidays have passed, please keep remembering them. I would ask that we try to keep that generous spirit going long after the presents have been unwrapped and the revelry has ended.

People need help year round, not only during this part of the year. Let’s try to donate just a little more to make those who are really struggling a little safer and more secure. While it is great to donate money and there is plenty of that needed, you can donate your time and talents. Food kitchens need help handing out meals, donation boxes need packed, or if you could even stop by a nursing home and just listen to people and let them not feel so lost and alone.

Going out and doing something for others is probably the greatest gift you can do for them and yourself at the same time. Hopefully I’ll see you out there…

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One thought on “The Holiday Spirit

  1. foofighterubu says:

    you know who does this all year round?
    Samaritan’s Purse International,
    MTW,
    World Mission
    A guy named Ed in Haiti.
    Another guy whose name I can’t tell you in and African nation I can’t mention>
    Another guy whose name I can’t share online in a ME country I also can’t mention.
    a young couple (the young woman grew up in my church) In Chile, And other set in China (specifics can’t be mentioned),some in Ukrane and Prague others in Spain and Germany…
    An that first organization… SPI. Those guys are almost always the first with boots on the ground when disaster strike, no matter where.

    some of my customers I have sold warhamer terrain to all over the world>
    in short… people who follow Christ, who know God (for whom we have Thanksgiving as a holiday (Holy Day) and Jesus who we celebrate on CHRISTmas.

    Jesus touched the unclean, healed the often ungrateful, loved the unlovely, prayed for God to forgive his enemies, his executioners. He said
    35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

    This should be our example (Christians) it seems you are doing these things as well.
    God said he made us in his own image… not what he looks like but his character and compassion, wisdom.

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