It’s the Christmas season and among the many things most of us will do is shop for gifts. Sometimes the fun escapes me because I put too much pressure on myself to find the perfect gift for the person for whom I’m shopping. You could say I tend to overthink it to the point that I sometimes just end up purchasing a gift card.
Of course, I think most people like gift cards, because they can use it to pick out something they actually want.
Then there is the best kind of gift, the ones that don’t cost anything. Not monetarily anyway. It’s when we respond in a way that’s opposite of how our mind might initially choose to respond. In other words we do what Jesus would do. How about acting in peace when a situation is about to get out of hand? Or we could be kind to a person that has messed up really bad. How about refraining from saying a hurtful, sarcastic word? I’m sure you can think of many other ways.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this month, I believe we should offer God a gift for all He has done. Someone maybe wondering, just what has God done? Well, let me tell you.
If we want to focus on what the season is all about just think about what God did for us when he allowed his only son, Jesus to be crucified on the cross, on our behalf. The wonderful gift of salvation he extended to each of us, by taking all of our sins upon himself. Paying the price for our sickness and disease so we don’t have to. Bringing us deliverance and giving us a sound mind, the mind of Christ.
Giving us everything we need for life and godliness. Allowing us another day to breathe and walk this earth. Remember, whatever your situation is at this moment, it could be worse. Oh my, when I think of the goodness of the Lord… ooh, I guess my leg begins to shake. Holy Spirit is in the house. Y’all just excuse me. As
Shirley Caesar’s song says, “Hold my mule.” I feel like praising the Lord.
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD! Praise the LORD! -Psalm 150:1-6
Moses’ sister, Miriam, knew about this gift. When God delivered the Israelites through the Red Sea, she led the ladies in praise with tambourines and dancing. Dancing? Yikes. It’s in the Bible. Alright now.
“Miriam sang to them: Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted…” -Exodus 15:21
Praise. What a wonderful gift it is.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.