2017-12-06 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Better to give than receive
By Larry G. Spence

As Christmas approaches us rapidly, some are already doing their Christmas shopping and trying to figure out how they are going to pay it all off later. Gifts are nice to receive, but sometimes there is more joy in giving than in receiving. Our children today have so much already, what else can we buy them that will still be part of their lives six months later? We've all seen it happen, we stretch our budgets to purchase something that the young ones "just have to have," and the next time you see them, the gift you paid dearly for is nowhere to be found.

Gifts make us feel good and they are sincerely appreciated, but if you really want to feel good inside, do something for someone else this Christmas. Someone that is not a member of your family. Someone you know in your heart that is probably not going to receive anything for Christmas. I think it is Academy that has a commercial playing that shows a young boy purchasing a baseball mitt, and then turning around and giving it to a friend for Christmas, and then asking his friend, "Want to go play catch." You can see the receiver of the gift ball glove, as his face lights up, and a big smile appears on his face. That's making Christmas special for someone who wasn't expecting it to be special.

It doesn't have to be much to make a difference in someone's life. You could pay for someone's meal without them knowing about it. You could fill a good will package with goodies and put it on their porch and knock on the door or ring the doorbell and take off. So many lonely people out there that just want someone to know they are alive. Have you ever felt blessed in your lives? If not, this is a good way to start. Serve a holiday meal at someplace that serves homeless people. Bake some cookies, brownies, and pass them out. There are so many ways to be a blessing to people. Don't be a Scrooge this year, be a blessing! Donate to Loaves and Fishes, Salvation Army, the Food Bank and other worthwhile charities. There is a special feeling that can't be described as you watch someone receive something that you have made possible and they don't know it's from you.

Over 2,000 years ago the Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to earth as a baby because we needed someone to pay for our sins. He paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. It was the greatest gift of all, because of the price that was paid to be able to accept it. But as valuable as the gift was, the price had been paid already, so all we have to do is accept it! You couldn't ask for a greater gift this Christmas or any other time. Until next time, stay safe and stay blessed!

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