“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” I John 4:8 ESV.
It is easy to criticize the dark-side of Christmas. Who among us doesn’t get upset over the commercialization of the season. The busyness of this time of year that keeps people apart before bringing them together again. The multitude of people on the road and in stores driven to acquire their next toy or gift without mercy toward others. The battle to keep within a budget that always seems to become extended no matter how hard we try. The list can keep on going. Instead though, let’s focus on the good side of Christmas.
Isn’t it a joy to watch the Spirit of God work this time of year?
In our Saturday morning prayer group, one man shared his story while shopping at Wal-Mart. He went into the store to purchase blankets that he planned to pass-out to the homeless this year. Based on the advertisement he saw and the limited monetary resources at his disposal, he figured he could purchase at least ten blankets. However upon visiting the department where the blankets where kept, he quickly realized he may have to purchase less than he planned for. The items that he wanted were already sold out.
Explaining his dilemma to a nearby attendant, she told him to wait as she would check the backroom for more of the blankets that were on sale. After several minutes she returned and explain that there were a few more blankets available and also mentioned to him that if he would stop by the manager’s office he could receive a $10 gift card to help with his purchase. So off he went to the manager’s office. Upon entering and repeating his story, the manager reached down and did not give him a $10 gift card but a $25 card. So taking the additional money back to the blanket department, he grabbed a few more blankets. Upon the checkout he found out that several the blankets were selling for less than the advertised price. Therefore, he went back and grabbed a few more.
Long story short, he went in to purchase 10 blankets. He left acquiring 35 better quality blankets. All he could do throughout the entire process is laugh as he witnessed how the Spirit worked to change people’s hearts and events. He called it his early Christmas present to witness the hand of God at work in his life.
This is the season to witness how people express God’s love through their sharing and giving. It’s as though Christmas gives people the license to express God’s love. If that be the case, then let’s join them to always celebrate and express God’s love today, tomorrow, and yes even Christmas day.
Rooting For You in Christ!
Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married
Encourage your Friends…Share Today’s Message!