Called to serve God by increasing awareness of His presence and declaring His love

MOUSEY MOMENT … DO GOOD DECEMBER!

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This month, we are encouraged to carry out small acts of kindness. This has been another difficult year of uncertainty and ups and downs for many of us. But kindness is contagious & helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Especially as its Christmas, we need to focus on being generous with our time, ideas and energy rather than money – it’s free and better for everyone, as well as our planet!

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” (Kahil Gibran)

Giving connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. Doing things for others – whether small, unplanned acts or regular volunteering – is a powerful way to boost our own happiness as well of those around us. The people we help may be strangers, family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. They can be old or young, nearby or far away.

Giving isn’t just about money, so you don’t need to be rich. Giving to others can be as simple as a single kind word, smile or a thoughtful gesture. It can include giving time, care, skills, thought or attention. Sometimes these mean as much, if not more, than financial gifts.

When we see someone do something kind or thoughtful, or we are on the receiving end of kindness, it inspires us to be kinder ourselves. In this way, kindness spreads from one person to the next, influencing the behaviour of people who never saw the original act. Kindness really is the key to creating a happier, more trusting community.

Helping others leads to a virtuous circle - happiness makes us give more, and giving makes us happier, which leads to a greater tendency to give and be happy doing it!

“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love”

- Mother Theresa

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

- Winston Churchill

All during this season people go around saying, “Have a good Christmas?” How many times have you heard it said already? But just what is a good Christmas to so many people? Good gifts? Good food? Good business? Good partying? Safe travelling? Festive family gatherings? A number of these things might be considered ‘good’ in their own right, but just what do they have to do with the true meaning of Christmas? Is that what Christmas is all about?

Having a good Christmas should be much more than any of this. Christmas should focus upon the fact that God loves us with all His heart. He has given us the very best gift that could ever be given. The golden text of the Bible gives us the only clue we need, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In case we missed His meaning God had the apostle Paul say it again, “Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9 v15)

A GOOD CHRISTMAS INCLUDES ROOM FOR JESUS.

The inn keeper said, “There is no room!” What a great blessing he missed on that momentous day! Perhaps he thought there were many “more important” people in his inn.

But the worldly elite and VIPS would all soon be gone and forgotten. He had turned away the Eternal One. Does the world have room for Jesus today? Thousands of invitations and gospel messages have gone out this Christmas Season. Many are invited/asked to make room for Jesus. But sadly, millions still say, “We have no room for Jesus. In our homes. In our nation. In our affairs. In our celebrations.” Christmas without Christ, is like an engine without fuel, a tree without sap, heavens without stars, oceans without water or a garden without flowers. Without Jesus people only exist.

A GOOD CHRISTMAS INCLUDES TIME FOR TRUE WORSHIP

Does Jesus deserve our worship? A banker can make a blank sheet of paper worth millions. An artist can slap some paint on canvas and make it priceless. A sculptor can take a slab of stone and create a masterpiece. Jesus can take a worthless life and make it count eternally.

The first Christmas focused upon true worship of the King of Kings. The angelic hosts welcomed Him with worthy worship. The lowly shepherds went to Bethlehem to worship Him. The Wise Men travelled afar to humbly bow and adore Him. Join us for worship this Christmas time – our church is open to all who would come.

A GOOD CHRISTMAS INVOLVES GIVING

Christmas is giving – but not the tinsel and paper sort. The wise men gave glorious gifts to Jesus – not to each other. Where is Jesus on your Christmas gift list this year? We can give to Jesus through our offerings & our mission to others.

A GOOD CHRISTMAS MEANS SHARING THE MESSAGE WITH OTHERS.

We have the angels for examples. For centuries hearts had hungered to hear the good news of the Messiah’s arrival – the angels heralded the happiest message man could ever hear, an earth changing message. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1 v21) At this Christmas time the message of salvation through Christ remains the best news of all! Otherwise why did he come to earth to be born in a smelly stable and die on a cruel cross? “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19 v10) We have glad tidings! The news of real peace. Real lasting joy. Let us not be ashamed to speak the message plainly and boldly to those around us today!

Conclusion: Yes, God would have us have a really good Christmas. The right kind of Christmas this year. Let us make room for Jesus in all that we say and do and seek to take Him with us every place we go. Let us determine to truly worship Him. Not only this season, but the whole year through. Let us present the greatest gift of all to Him this year – ourselves in true spiritual service. Let us share the greatest gift of all with those around us who do not yet know Him in personal salvation. The gift of everlasting life – and an eternal home in heaven – where it will really be “Christmas” all the time!

DO GOOD THIS CHRISTMAS – AND HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS IN EVERY WAY!