When you do something wrong, do you beat yourself up or do you go easy on yourself? Which way do you lean when someone else does something wrong - punishment or be nice to them?
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).
There’s a quote regarding Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol “His wealth is of no use to him. He don't do any good with it” that gives all of us something to think about this Christmas season. Are we doing good with what we’ve been given? It’s easy to forget that all we have is a gift - the breath in our lungs, our talents, and the opportuniities we’ve been given. Are they only given to us so we can have a bigger house, a newer car, and better toys?
When we serve the poor, we do good. Do you want to light up the darkness this Christmas? Shine your light by using what you’ve been given to change this world for the better. That’s what it means to “know how to keep Christmas well.”
Get involved with what God is doing to save and restore people and you’ll experience more joy than any material gift you’ll open on Christmas morning.