“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
― Kahlil Gibran
The contrast between what the Christmas ad makers want us to buy and what we see in the world around us grows starker by the minute. It’s not difficult to understand why people would want to escape the grim reality of refugee children starving to death or Native American Indians being
Because we have been brainwashed, we can all easily allow our entitlement and sense of what Christmas should look and feel like distract us from the true message of Jesus Christ, which is to stand by those who are suffering. He was born for that reason alone, not for turkey trimmings and overdrawn bank accounts. You want to celebrate your best Christmas yet this year? Spend less on gifts, food and decorations… give more to those in need!
Find those who of like mind who also want to make a positive difference in the world this winter. Don’t save it all for Christmas Day… Start today. If you have little in the way of money, perhaps you could clear out your closets and donate to charity?Perhaps you could call a friend and check in on them or offer to give your elderly neighbour a helping hand?
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”
― Ben Carson
Signing petitions online is all well and good, as long as you aren’t under the illusion that this is all you need to do to make a difference in the world. There is a strong temptation to go back to sleep. Unplug, walk away from the screen and wash the sleep out of your eyes. How can you be of service in your community today?