STEP OUT AND
I walked into the Hudson’s Bay store in early September and
stumbled upon their first Christmas display. That’s right:
Nutcrackers, tinsel, garland – the works… in September!
It’s a well-known fact in North America that Christmas is the
biggest retail event of the year. There’s pressure and expectations
for what gifts you give and who you give them to. There are events
to plan and hundreds of dollars to spend. And to think, it all came
from three men bringing three gifts to one special baby boy.
We can have our pastors hammer it into our heads all they want
in the month leading up to Christmas, but when the day comes,
how much are we really thinking about Jesus Christ? If we are
honest, it’s uncomfortable to stop and think about how God
would really want His Son to be celebrated in this season.
Instead of trying to please God by stressing over what to get
others or what we’ll get, how about this: “Do not neglect to do
good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing
to God” (Hebrews 13: 16).
Maybe we need to spend less time fretting over what gifts we’ll
give our friends and family and more time thinking about what
we can do to help others through the holiday season.
From the homeless man down the street, to the elderly woman
who won’t have visitors this year, to the little boy who really
hopes his family can afford a turkey; there are people all around
us who need extra support around the holidays.
We just need to open our eyes and ask God to reveal how He
wants us to give back this year. More than that – ask Him how He
wants us to give back all year round. Can the holiday be the spark
that sets us off for habits we keep for life?
Let’s choose to step out and be different. To do more with the
time that we have. To be God’s light to someone who really needs
it this year. To make a change.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you
gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was
naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in
prison and you came to me…Truly, I say to you, as you did it to
one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew
Where and how is Emily celebrating Christmas?
With her family, two cats and dog at home.