Monday, January 14, 2013
Christmas is the time when everyone is looking to get. Itís not just the children but many adults are anticipating what ďSantaĒ is going to bring them.
I heard recently of a wife who approached her husband and told him that this year they need to give each other more practical gifts. She suggested that they should share more practical gifts such as socks and a fur coat.
Of course you know who will get the socks and who gets the fur coat.
Let us focus more on giving than on getting.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
If at all possible be at peace with all men. Make peace a priority. After the turbulence of the elections we could do well with a time of peace.
Our elected officials are still fighting with each other but that is not an example we who have better sense should imitate. Letís not pay attention to little slights. Letís ignore some discourtesies that might be shown to us. Letís not respond to unkind and uncharitable actions of others and letís ignore some downright rude people who show no consideration for others.
Quarrels, conflicts and wars, especially in the family and in our relationships with each other, seldom solve any problem. The bible is right: he who controls his spirit is greater than he who taketh a city. It is the strong man that can be calm.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
Give others priority, let them go first in the line, one person ahead of you wonít hurt you even when you are in a hurry.
Help out the motorist who wants to get into the flow of traffic. You may help prevent an accident or facilitate someone who has a genuine emergency.
When you are going through the door with others we canít all pass through at the same time. Letís wait and let the other go before you.
Do good to all men. Find someone to do a good deed to or for every day. It might be a random act of kindness, or it might be just a kind word to someone in passing. You never know what others are going through.
Pray for our President. There is a lot going on in our world that we have to play a role in mediating. He needs direction and the wisdom of Solomon.
Pray for our congressional representatives and leaders. I canít judge these goodly men and women we send to Washington, but by their behavior they could do with a little more charity, goodwill and self-control.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †
Take time for worship. Many people try to take Christ out of Christmas and replace it with X-mas but ďXĒ is an unknown quantity. When I celebrate Christmas I do not celebrate the unknown but the known.
I have no doubt about the reason for the season. God bless you as you enter into your Christmas celebrations.
The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.