It’s the end of a busy week and there’s another big week starting tomorrow. Family will be gathering for the biggest holiday of the year. Then, the last month of the year starts with all the business that the Christmas season brings. Can you believe it’s here already? Christmas music is already being played on the radio and in stores, and whether you like hearing it this early or not… it’s here.
It’s my favorite time of the year. I like the busyness. I’m one of those strange people that doesn’t start their Christmas shopping until the week before Christmas and love the rush of that last minute shopping.
This year I also have three writing contests to finish and enter in December; a new position at work to train for, and a few hours of overtime to try to get in, so I can afford a special present for my granddaughter, to put under the tree.
But with all this whirlwind around us this time of year, let’s make a special effort to remember what’s really important.
1 Cor 13: 1-7 says (MSG)
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
More than any other time of year, now is when you hear the message of giving. Those that don’t give at any other time of the year, give now. There are homeless organizations and shoe boxes to fill and send away. Many people will give up a few hours of their time to serve meals to the hungry. So many acts of kindness! But I have to ask myself, “Why are we really doing this? Is it really out of love, or because this is the thing to do this time of year? If it’s out of love, does love just come once a year?”
Maybe the question should be… what is love?
Do we really love?
How does love look in my/your life?
Just something to think about.