I am amazed that next week starts the Holiday season: Thanksgiving next week, in five weeks Christmas and in six weeks, “Happy New Year”.
Wow! I knew that I had been watching Christmas movies for the past month, but just figured everyone was advertising early, as they usually do.
I guess it was two weeks ago on a Saturday evening, Jim and I were watching a movie based on a true story that happened during the Great Depression.
The father of the family was doing his best to raise his children by himself due to an unexpected death of his wife.
He had been saving his money for Christmas and was going to divide his savings among his children. He poured out the coins from his money pouch on to the table. The excitement in the eyes of his children was priceless. They counted out the money and it totaled: one dollar.
To make this two hour movie short, the dad and his children gathered in the living room to share the gifts they were about to exchange:
- The older brother gave his younger brother his used ball mitt. He had applied Linseed Oil, to make the glove look better.
- The dad gave a note to his oldest son that he could have the job he had wanted in town and could start as soon as possible.
- The dad proceeded to give his oldest daughter an envelope that held an application for college that she had wanted to attend.
- The middle son handed his dad a wooden heart for him to remember their mom.
- The youngest son made a treasure box for one of his sisters.
- The youngest son, who wore a brace on his leg, was given a gift from his youngest sibling who said she would do his chores for him whenever he was allowed to ride the neighbor’s horse.
After the gifts were given, the widow neighbor brought over a frosted cake to share with this dear family who celebrated each other with a “Christmas Dollar”
Hmm, that movie does reminds us, that it is the simple things in life and the bond we have with family that are the greatest gifts of all.
In today’s world, through the hustle and bustle of the season, be sure to value what counts in life.
The following are just a few thoughts and ideas to share during this wonderful time of year:
- Spend time with your family.
- Enjoy conversations and be a good listener.
- Allow someone to get in front of you at the cashier line.
- When at the food court, surprise the lady who cleans off the tables & sweeps the floor with a tip & gospel tract. You can also give a tip to the lady cleaning the public bathrooms. I love to see their faces because many of us forget to thank those special people.
- Have your children hold the door for elderly people.
- Thank a police officer or military person.
- Let the car behind you have the closest parking spot, after all, exercise is good for us this time of year.
- Share some of your Christmas cookies and candy, along with a Christmas card with your neighbors.
These are just a few ideas and I am sure you and your family can add much more to this list.
These ideas don’t cost much, and yet you are showing these people a little bit of Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
This Thanksgiving: enjoy the things of life that do not cost money.
This Christmas: receive the love gift that God gives freely: Christ in your life, the hope of glory.
This New Year: ask God to renew the right spirit with in you and enjoy all that God gives you.
Tis the season!!!! Enjoy!