Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 7, 2016

Thought for the Week December 11, 2016

It’s hard to believe we are well into the Christmas season. My son posts a new picture every day on Facebook reminding us how many shopping days are left until Christmas. I think today (I’m writing this on Dec 7), it’s 18 days, but those may not be shopping days unless you consider running out to 7-11 on Christmas morning to get that last minute gift for your wife, a shopping day!

We have already had two Christmas parties, one for our Ministry Partners here at Christian Chapel and one for the pastors in our region. I still have to figure out what my wife wants for Christmas. Anyone have any hints?

A colleague and very close friend in ministry blessed me today. He called to thank me for organizing the party we held for the pastors and to say what a great time he and his wife had there. He didn’t have to do that and it was a great encouragement to me since I’m kind of navigating new waters in filling the role of a pastor to pastors. I often don’t know if I’m doing it right or if I’m doing enough, so his words of blessing hit home.

I mention that to remind you that this is the season of giving. We often think of that in terms of what we will put or what we will find under the Christmas tree but did you know that you can give blessings to others every day? A word of encouragement to a friend, a compliment to a busy store clerk, an extra tip to a server, a ride to someone stuck without a car, helping a overwhelmed mom by holding the baby, a phone call to a lonely elder, a Scripture to one who is down, a handwritten note to cheer someone up, or whatever other way you can bless someone.

You don’t have to spend money to give someone the best blessings. Being there, holding someone’s hand, telling them you care and showing it by your actions are some of the best blessings we have available. Most of us will forget the presents under the tree in a very short time but we all remember the people who build us up and the love we have for them.

The great thing about giving a blessing is that is blesses us back. Paul said, Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive, when he was encouraging his friends in Ephesus to support the weak (Acts 20:35). It’s true, isn’t it, that we get more blessing out of giving gifts than out of getting them.

So if you want to be blessed, find someone to bless. Why not look around you every day and see who you can bless? It doesn’t have to be someone you know, just someone who crosses your path who needs a blessing. I’ll bet that will help you make Jesus known. Just a thought for Christmas.

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