1 Timothy 6:18 NLT
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
The holidays are sweet times of life, and they come around each year for us to enjoy and to cherish. We make memories and spend time with people that we rarely see. Sometimes that is good. Sometimes that is bad.
But we need to be careful not to miss people. There are some folks that are around us quite often that don’t have a great holiday because they are hurting or alone. Who might these people be around you? Think about the people you work with, your friends at school, the people at church, the neighbor or the old friend. For many different reasons they might not be as connected as they would like to be this holiday.
Maybe it is the person who lost a loved one. Yes there are other family members, but it is hard because this is the first holiday or a special anniversary. Who do you know that has lost a loved one and could use a call from you or an invitation to your holiday meal?
This might be the person who is just alone. They don’t have any family to spend time with for some reason. Maybe they live a long way from there family. This is the person who is a loner and stays to themselves much of the time, but the holidays are extra lonely. Who is the person you could bless by letting them know you care?
Maybe this is the person who has been sick or lost their job or been through a divorce or had some tragedy happen in their life. This could be the college student that is far away from home. They may be disconnected like never before. The hurt of life is often overwhelming to this guy or girl, and they sure could use some time with you and your family.
Just maybe this is the homeless friend that you met at the store or at church. They have no one else to talk with, to share with or maybe they don’t even have a holiday meal at all. Do you know some one like that you could bless?
I challenge you as I have challenged myself to ask this question: who will you bless? Go out of your way. Set an extra place at the table. Pick up the phone and make the call you’ve been wanting to make. Fix an extra plate of food and walk across the street or drive across town. Touch that person’s life that will be alone or hurting this holiday.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
Acts 20:35 NLT
And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”