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Sharing is caring: your gratitude determines your altitude… He is the reason for the season

Submitted by on December 15, 2010 – 6:00 AM3 Comments
Sharing is caring:  your gratitude determines your altitude…  He is the reason for the season

“Count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep.”  This weekend, my fiancé and I watched the movie “White Christmas.”   I’m certain everyone reading this blog has heard of George Clooney, but this 1954 classic Christmas film stars his aunt, Rosemary Clooney.   Seeing this film reminded me of what the Christmas season is all about:  everyone but me.

It is so easy to look out for number one in today’s society, yet it leaves one feeling empty. The greatest joy we can give to others and ourselves, is to give.  I refer to the bible:

Acts 20:35 : In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Giving sets us free, while hoarding entraps us (James 5:2). Giving changes the lives of others (John 3:16). Giving brings blessing back to us (Luke 6:38). Giving allows us to store up treasures in Heaven rather than here on the earth (Matthew 19:21).

I am reminded of a Sunday church service in which the preacher asked “how would you feel if it were your birthday and everyone passed presents amongst themselves, yet ignored you?”  This is how Jesus must feel every year as we all eat until we are sick as we walk right past the homeless veteran.

This year, let us give thanks for our health that allows us to work, and our job (hopefully) that allows us to put presents under the tree.  It is truly that which we take for granted that we should be thankful for.  At thanksgiving, were we truly thankful, or did we take these things for granted?  Do you have a friend who is unemployed?  Do you have an elderly neighbor whose house is in disrepair? As we celebrate, keep in mind those who are suffering, and ask if you have done all you can to help them.

He is the reason for the season, he is the reason for today.

By: Lou “Uncle Diddy” Hansen, field journalist


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3 Comments »

  • Ellie Duncan says:

    G’ma and I are sitting here in our bathrobes reading your article–good job!! Very true words!!!

  • Dr. Annie says:

    I also love this article. Just last evening, I was unpacking some boxes of dishes that had been in storage for more than three years. I talked with my fiance about how such things were barely missed. In fact I left most of these “pretties” in the wrappings in the boxes. Slowly I will give them away to family, friends, and others I will never know. I have brought many items this week to a community thrift store that provides items for the poorest in our community. Your article is so important as most of us have so much more than we really need. All of the material things of the world cannot take the place of peace, love, and genuine giving of hope that can be part of our everyday lives. Thank you for taking the time to write this important message.

  • Uncle Diddy says:

    It is difficult in a world with so many distractions to remain focused on what this life is really about. When it’s all said and done, it is what we have done for others is what matters most. Give until it hurts!

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