Akwardly, my student came to me. It seems I had graded his paper incorrectly in his favor. When he pointed out my error, I said, “Well consider it an early Christmas present.” He said, “but I don’t celebrate Christmas.” With a sarcastic look, I asked, “Well, do you want me to change it?” He quickly took back his paper and said, “No, thank you”, as he quickly walked away from desk.
I live in the south so if there is an assault on Christmas, I don’t see it. (It may be because, I’m not looking for it.) But when I read the book of Acts or church history, I see persecution always strengthen the church. Not because of the persecution but because of the Saints response.
“Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” Acts 8:4 NASB
If you feel as if Christmas is being persecuted and even if you don’t, then show others the true meaning of the holidays. Not with a sermon but with your actions.
- Tip generously.
- Extend grace toward your harried cashier.
- Smile and put others at ease in the check out line.
- Return your cart to the corral.
- Put others before yourself.
- Allow people to cut in front of you when you are driving or in the checkout line.
- Pray for those who are hurting.
- Give to those in need.
I promise, no one will refuse your Christmas when it is wrapped in deeds of love. Give #nostressholidays to others today. Preach the Gospel with your actions.