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    7 Ways To Show The Love of Jesus To Others During The Holiday Season!

    Every Christmas season, people seem to get lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping and other things. We get so uptight about finding and buying the perfect gift that we begin to overreact to little frustrations. In fact, a Virginia woman was arrested for spraying pepper spray in a store so that she could be first in line to make her purchases!

    Unfortunately, the world gets so wrapped up in buying things that the concept of WHO Christmas is really all about is lost. Although it’s okay to participate in the excitement of the holiday season, Christians shouldn’t forget the true purpose of the day.

    Christmas should ALWAYS be about celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus!

    Here are a few ways we can focus less on ourselves and more on showing the love of Jesus to others during the holiday season:

    • Volunteer. There’s no better way to bring joy to the life of another person than to volunteer to serve those less fortunate than yourself. Whether you choose to spend an afternoon with senior citizens who have no family or agree to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless, volunteering can be life changing.
    • Share homemade treats. Who doesn’t enjoy some homemade Christmas cookies or freshly baked brownies? Try spending an afternoon preparing some treats to deliver to nursing homes or homeless shelters in your area.
    • Give anonymously. Do you know someone who seems a little down this season or someone whose family can’t afford to buy him/her anything for Christmas this year? Imagine the joy that you could bring by purchasing him or her a present. Try giving or sending it anonymously with a note that says “Love, Jesus.” This way, you’ll be keeping the focus on Jesus and not yourself.
    • Donate. Donate some canned goods or toys to a local food or toy drive. You’ll be helping people have a Christmas celebration that they otherwise wouldn’t experience.
    • Share your TIME with others. Jesus always was spending time with the less fortunate as well as with His disciples. Take a few minutes to offer your company both to your family as well as to people who might be lonely during the holidays.
    • Forgive. There’s no better time to show forgiveness toward someone who has wronged you than today. Christmas should be a reminder about all that Jesus has done for us and how we can exemplify Him through our actions.
    • Show love. Love is action and you can show love anywhere you go. When others are losing their patience in the stores, this is the best time to show the love of Jesus. Remind yourself to not join in the craziness. Walk away if someone wants to argue. Don’t get into a standoff over the last parking spot. Smile when you feel like saying unkind words. Satan has done a good job at capitalizing on Christmas and it’s our job to remind the world WHO Christmas is TRULY all about!

    What are some other ways that we can show the love of Jesus during the holidays?

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    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

    4 COMMENTS

    1. The highlight of the Christmas season so far–and possible the ultimate highlight of Christmas 2011–was buying gifts for two children–a boy who was in the 3rd grade and a girl who was in the 4th grade. It was apart of the Giving Tree Thingy–you pick a piece of paper from the tree and it has the age group of a child who is in need and tells you what he/she wants. It was so much fun to get these kids things like pajamas and toys, and for the girl, I thought it was cute to get her a Justin Bieber CD and JB PJ’s. Mom and I both plan on doing this next year, and I hope to someday see the kids open up their presents! To me its showing God’s love in such a simple way.

      Another simple way to help out is the Salvation Army. They’re stationed everywhere–grocery stores, shopping malls, etc. And you don’t have to fork out a $20 each time. If you were to do a couple of coins each time, the person ringing the bell always smiles, wishes you a Merry Christmas, and you smile back. It’s fun putting your money in their bucket, and I wish they did it year-round because it’s such a simple way to give back. 🙂

    2. My family and I went to the mall and rang the Salvation Army bell for a couple hours. We even sang and played our instuments so people would hear the music and then see the bucket. It was really fun!

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