I love Christmas. I love the festive decorations and twinkling lights. I love what the season represents and witnessing the giving nature in people flourish during this special time of the year.
It’s so heartwarming to pull into a drive-thru and find out the person before you paid your bill or to go to a restaurant and discover someone paid for your meal.
As I stood in line at the grocery store one day, I spotted a lady digging through her purse while the cashier waited for her to pay. A gentle nudging dropped into my mind that I should pay for her groceries. I did. Her mouth dropped, and tears filled her eyes.
“I have money,” she said. “Why would you do that?”
“To bless you, “ I replied. “Jesus loves you, and if you want to pay me back, then do so by blessing someone else. Merry Christmas.” I smiled, then turned and walked away — my heart filled with love and compassion.
Wouldn’t it be grand if we listened to those inner thoughts and brightened someone’s day or lightened their load? It doesn’t have to be in the form of money. There are many ways to give and your kindness will never be forgotten.
Compliments from strangers are rare but remembered forever.
Let someone with one item move ahead of you and your full basket when out shopping.
Bake a pie or deliver a meal to a shut-in.
Open the door for someone.
Give away a smile…it’s free.
I challenge you to be a giver this Christmas, go above and beyond what anyone would expect of you, and watch God move in your behalf.
Share your story or make additional giving suggestions below in the comments.