Has it dawned on you why we say "merry Christmas" or are you just repeating what words work this time of year without having to know why. You see the premise is very simple. You are going to go through CHRISTMAS whether you like it or not, love it or plain just don't care. However, wishing one a type of quality of journey is worth looking into
HAPPY CHRISTMAS ?
It was originally called HAPPY CHRISTMAS until someone took a risk and changed it to merry and it caught on. Why did it get accepted? Well the King of England often set the standard for many things including having the first Christmas tree. He believed merry was in line with all the festivities that took place in celebrating Christmas. His subjects agreed!
Cheerful, light heart-ed, lively, carefree, festive, happy, gladness, gleeful and delightful to name just a few. Merry is very versatile and more importantly eternal for it is to be prized state to be permanently in. So in effect, when you wish someone a MERRY Christmas, it is one of wonder and splendor with a their cups running-over for them and no less
SOME NOT SO MERRY
Many will pass through this Christmas without MERRY. This is sad but true. That is why those that have an abundance are asked to assess themselves and be open to sharing whatever can be shared this time of year. The want and the don't have is very keenly felt by many who stay silent or in the shadows. Those that have should recognize this & act accordingly
THE POOR MANS BREAD
Wishing someone who is in need a MERRY Christmas is not the same as wishing someone who is not in need a Merry one. Hope is the poor mans bread and many dine too much on this and not enough on other substance. We do well to remember this especially this time of year. Poverty of spirit respects no one. This time of year we seek to give spiritual comfort. Remember the rule: If you are well-off and living well-being, set your sights on those that are not as fortunate
GUILT? REPENT & THEN GO
Check your guilt at the door. If you are moved to give to relieve your own guilt which comes from living a life of wrong choices, then save your efforts. This is not true giving but guilt relief by giving. Your guilt can only be stayed but not cured. Repent first which means to change in the Greek and then go and do as you will...it will make more sense
If you are giving out of Tax write-off, yes it is better to give to your fellow human being of who you may or may not know than to Uncle Sam of who you don't really know or care to know perhaps? While this is legally giving, the heart maybe missing. There is no substitute for giving from the heart. Everything else remains questionable but doable none the less
FROM YOU TO THEM
Also, if you want a premium giving experience, go eye to eye and breath to breath in the giving mode. There are no words to describe the human contact when the windows of the souls are entered and exited in the moment by giver & receiver. The event is locked into eternity and each one leaves richer and more satisfied than when they came. Priceless this is!
EVERYONE CAN GIVE THIS
Can you you spare a cup of kindness? It costs nothing but is welcomed & coveted all over the known world. A smile, a pat on the back or even a word of encouragement fills this cup better than any stocking stuff-er I have yet to discover. Also lending your ear to someone who has to get it all out is a gift of significance & depth too. Called caring & sharing it works
CHRISTMAS WAS A GIFT
One last thing. Please consider that while money complies with giving requirements as do gifts, the giving of ones self remains the highest of the gift giving examples. After all, that is how Christmas came about. The Creator saw many in need of redemption/salvation (help to the soul) and did something about it..He gave so that you could too. The standard has been set! The bar can go no higher! A Life was given so life could go on...
HE WENT FIRST....now, it's your turn...Your Turn...YOUR TURN