Tis the season of shopping and decorating for Christmas. The roads are full of people rushing to and fro searching for that perfect gift. The stores are full of people too. The rushing, and the pushing and the shoving, will only increase as we approach the final countdown days until Christmas Eve.
As the Christmas season progresses our senses are going to be heightened and our temperaments will be challenged. When we respond in kind to rudeness, the words we speak impact not only those who hear us; the words we speak impact our own hearts as well. Negativity begets negativity, in every instance.
Matthew 5:46-47 MSG
“This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that."
People may be rude or nasty to us, but it's our response to their attitude that displays our own hearts. Our hearts after God's own heart. God responds with generosity, kindness and love. Today, as I left a major big box store, I heard one of the best things ever from my cashier. 'Have a great day and be blessed'. It was a refreshing and thoughtful moment. As she spoke to me, she had no idea if I was a believer or if I might rebuke her greeting. She courageously spoke out in faith with genuine words that reflected the generosity, kindness and love of God. As I looked into her eyes I replied 'May you be blessed as well. Merry Christmas.' It was a genuine moment of connection; from one person to another.
Each of us should take every opportunity to be generous, kind and loving this Christmas season. Express Christ's gift and blessings to the good and bad, and the nice and the nasty; being especially thoughtful towards the unlovable. Everyone should know the love of Jesus, just by meeting and greeting us. Don't be run-of-the-mill, instead be the person that Jesus hopes we can be, by bringing hope with us wherever we go. Take every opportunity to be a person who expresses Christ to the world.