Peace on Earth

xmasThere are so many ways to change the world over the holidays. Not to mention, it is more fun since virtually everyone is looking for a way to give in some way and be happy about it!  I know that I’ve been so excited for this giving season, but now that it is here, I feel compelled to give in so many ways, over-scheduled, and overwhelmed.

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.- 2 Corinthians 9:7

A cheerful giver. That’s not what Christmas is about, but it is part of what makes this season so special… cheer. So, why is it so hard? I honestly think it’s the pressure. For that reason, I want to encourage you to do two things.

  1. Show yourself grace. God knows your heart. Enjoy the time spent with others and the opportunities to give, without being pressured to take advantage of all of them
  2. When you give this holiday season, be in in time, money, or cookies, do it with CHEER. It doesn’t matter if you bring store-bought fruitcake or gourmet homemade gingerbread to a potluck, what matters is that you are there. Relax, enjoy, and be an agent of peace to celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace

 

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