Once upon a time, all I wanted for Christmas was a new car. I believed Santa would grant my wish, I believed in the spirit of Christmas, and I believed I had been a very good girl all year long (my brother would beg to differ).
As a child I wanted all kinds of things, like a red, cowgirl outfit, baby dolls and a bicycle. Although Santa did not always bring what I asked for (the cowgirl outfit), I always had gifts and we always had a tree. Not true for many families these days. There are so many folks in need, working hard to provide for their families. We have only to open our eyes to see the vast opportunities to help others this holiday season. St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive.” This sentiment seems, at times, to boggle the mind, but I assure the doubtful, that once you truly give, you will receive the gift. Like the Grinch, your heart will grow three sizes.
Generous people are the ones who give more than is expected of them. And it is not strictly the giving of money or gifts, it could be the gift of time, the gift of help and the gift of a smile or a door held open. Generosity of spirit. Those that have it can’t contain it. A generous spirit can’t stop itself, because to give is to live. The spirit of generosity is a personal trait to be valued and admired, upheld and protected. It is a gift to others and the one to whom it belongs. A cheerful giver has his reward from simply giving. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.(2 Corinthians 9:7)
My Boo is one of the most generous souls I know. One example is that every year he gives a gift to the city workers that pick up trash and recycling in our neighborhood. Last year, he thoughtfully wrote them each a thank you Christmas card and put fifty dollars in each envelope. After that, one of the workers generously rolled up our trash can every week for a month, and honked as he went by. If Boo sees a lemonade stand, he stops for a cup and donation. If he substitutes for someone who has had a particularly hard situation, he will leave them a gift card. He is generous of spirit with all of us and asks nothing for himself.
This holiday season, I hope we all take time to give. “No one has ever become poor by giving.”(Anne Frank) Even small things may be big to someone else. You just never know what a smile might do. Be generous with yours.
And I will leave you with one more quote by John Wesley,
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
Merry Christmas from the Sittin’ugly Sistahs!