As you go about your days this year leading up to Christmas, how often do you think about the real reason for the season? The holidays are tough for a lot of people who have lost loved ones or who are dealing with illness or loneliness. What can we do to ease their burden even if just for a little while?
There are times when I feel lonely myself. Even when I’m in this place it may seem like I’m alone, but I’m not. God is always with us even when we feel like we’re so far away from him. But in those moments, it’s us, not him that is so far away. All we have to do is call out to him. Remember that to reach out to others in this season that is rough for so many, we need to refill our cup, so to speak. We can’t give what we don’t have. I’ve found that my prayer time each day helps to give me what I need. It fills me up to overflowing.
So, we need to prepare the way for God to enter the hearts of those we come in contact with. What can I possibly do to prepare the way for one much greater than I? God uses the least of these, doesn’t he. Well that’s you and me. When we are willing to humble ourselves and follow God’s leading, we’ll be comfortable in reaching out to even those people we don’t know.
So, the challenge is to see everyone we meet as an opportunity to introduce Jesus. When we love on people, we are showing them God’s love. Help them see the peace and joy that is in your heart and when they ask how you can have hope in a fallen world, you can say that your hope is in Jesus. You know what is in your future. It matters not what our job is here on earth. What matters is whether we are worshiping the one true God and how many souls we are turning toward Jesus.
May you have peace in your household this Christmas season.