Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday's Serious Note- That Burning Voice of Guilt in the Holiday Season

I just want to send a quick shout out to everyone- asking that you get into the holiday spirit a little early. Of course, like many of us, I grew up knowing I need to count my blessings. I also believe that I should share my blessings. Sometimes I forget, and justify myself by stating I'm taking care of my children and husband, and I make and buy great gifts for my family around the holiday season, birthdays, or when its a special event... But sometimes that burning voice inside me says- you didn't really need to buy that unfinished wood whatever muh bob to paint... you didn't need to buy that bag of "only for mommy at that time of the month" mint chocolates... That money, or even those items, could have gone to someone else to make their day...

I know we're not supposed to blow our own horn on what we donate- its supposed to be a quiet thing to do because we're not doing it to get glory for ourselves- but I'd like to hear of something you've done for someone else recently...

Whether you donated time, money, clothing, toys, anything with your heart and thought into it for anyone! It counts when you give those clothes that your kids don't fit in anymore to someone's kid you know who needs them... instead of selling them on craigslist or at a yardsale. It counts when you brought that jar of homemade jelly to a neighbor that you know who just had a hard time with some incident in their life. It counts when you take the time out of your day to say a prayer for someone you don't even know- or ask others to pray for them as well.

Get rid of that burning voice of guilt- and do good for someone in any way you can- and start now- don't wait for the "Christmas Spirit" to take you over. You just might take someone by surprise and make a huge difference in their life.

1 comment:

  1. What a perfect post for me to see tonight. It is that time of year, salvation army has their kettles and bell ringers every where. I go to the store almost everyday because I don't have a car and trying to feed 4 people on very little. Every day I go to the market during this season and I can not go home without leaving some change in the kettle. I say to myself, why do I keep doing this when I don't know if I can give my own grandkids Christmas. Then I say, yes you do know. Throwing your change in there means some little child will get Christmas when if you didn't they would go with nothing. What more needs to said. Thank you for this post.