Ephesians 5:2 Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
I appreciate this season because of the magic and love in the air. Christmas-time makes me a little nostalgic. When I look back on my past Christmas’, I’ve realized that I don’t have just one favorite memory. The fonder moments are of a yard being covered in a blanket of untouched snow and the smell of the wood burning in the fireplace. I also enjoyed hearing my mom play Christmas music by Luther Vandross and The Temptations. The one memory that seems to hold true despite what location I’m in are the people. I still feel that this is the season where you never meet a stranger. Hearts are softened during this time, and an unexpected and unexplainable kindness is given to one another. During this time, I believe we tend to be more Christ-like.
Ephesians 5:1-2 reads, Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
A simple act of holding a door open for someone or an offer to allow one to jump ahead in line can make an impact in someone’s day and their behavior towards others. These acts are contagious. They make a difference. I encourage you to smile at people, to call a friend or relative just to say hello, or to compliment others. I promise you that these small acts of love can be bigger than any present that can fit underneath the Christmas tree.
My expectation for this season is simple; to be more God-like, to love on one another, and to continue doing so even after the holidays. My traditional music may be switched out for a newer rendition of “This Christmas” and my need for snow can be met with a short drive, but it’s important to me to treat others with loving intentions and a kind heart. And in return, I hope to receive love, as Christ loves us continuously through and outside of this season to make our Christmas great.