We tend to focus on the negative things in our lives. Perhaps it’s because they sort of jump up and grab our attention. It’s hard to ignore getting the flu, breaking a leg or contracting some life threatening disease. It’s certainly not a laughing matter to learn that your car’s transmission is shot, the kids need braces, your roof’s started to leak or your company’s downsizing and your job is being eliminated. Yeah, those kinds of things tend to grab our attention.
But what about the myriad of positive things in our lives? The sun rose today. We had a bed to sleep in last night, a roof over our head and heat or air conditioning to keep us comfortable. The electricity is on, so the milk was fresh this morning. And how about that shower, wasn’t it refreshing? Most all of us will have plenty to eat today, and just about every day for that matter. Most of us will have a job to go to tomorrow that will allow us to earn a living. There are people in this world who love us, and what a blessing that is, especially for some of us! The truth is, if we sat down and made a list of all the supposed negative things in our lives, and another list of all the blessings, the blessings would far outweigh the negatives.
But there are some people for whom the holiday season, for one reason or another, is very difficult. They may be away from loved ones, or they may have lost a loved one and especially feel that loss during this time of the year. They may be experiencing serious illness in their family. Or they may be facing financial difficulties at the present time. Those of us who are so blessed would do well to be aware of these special people and go out of our way to try to encourage them and brighten their holidays. Even small gestures can mean a lot to somebody who’s feeling down.
The greatest blessing that anyone can have is eternal salvation. We who have become Christians have already received that blessing. One of the most wonderful things we could do for somebody during this holiday season would be to share the message of salvation with them. Anyone who is living a faithful life “in Christ” is rich! We are meant by God to share these spiritual riches with others.
Let’s seriously think of someone with whom we can share the message of salvation this holiday season. I am always thankful when something spurs someone to think about God, and people seem to think about God more readily during this time of the year. Let’s take advantage of that fact and reach out to them with the greatest of all of our blessings, our salvation through Jesus Christ. Then they too can have the greatest of all blessings and experience the greatest reason to be thankful...