Autumn is not too soon to start your Christmas Shopping and giving!
ONE LONG EXTENDED GIFT
Although it may be a little ahead of schedule, it's not too early to give some things away for Christmas. Not just on Christmas Day, but during the days leading up to December 25th, we could call these daily gifts "our" Christmas projects." Maybe one per day from now til then. Here are some suggestions. Take your choice, or add some of your own ideas.
.Mend a quarrel .Dismiss suspicion .Write a long overdue love note .Hug someone tightly and whisper "I love you so" .Forgive an enemy .Be gentle and patient with an angry person .Express appreciation .Gladden the heart of a child .Offer to help an elderly neighbor with yard work .Seek out a forgotten friend .Find time to keep a promise. Make or bake something for someone...anonymously .Release a grudge .Listen .Speak kindly to a stranger .Enter into another's sorrow .Smile...laugh a little...laugh a little more .Take a walk with someone you love .Kneel down and pat a dog .Read a poem or two to your mate or friend .Lessen your demands on others .Play some beautiful music during dinner .Apologize if you were wrong .Talk together with the television off .Treat someone to an ice-cream cone .Do the dishes for the family .Pray for someone who helped you when you hurt .Fix breakfast for someone on Saturday morning .Give a soft answer even though you feel strongly .Encourage an older person .Point out one thing you appreciate most about someone you work with or live near .Offer to baby-sit for a weary mother .Give your teacher a break-be especially co-operative .Give someone a ride to church .Take someone flowers.
Let's make this season one long extended gift...giving of ourselves to others.UNselfishly.Without announcement, or obligation. No reservations, or hypocrisy. That is Christianity, isn't it. Exodus 15:2