While I may be willing to smile at neighbors and fellow shoppers, to buy a gift for a child in need or to drop my change into the salvation bucket, has goodwill really cost me anything? This is a question that has been stirring within me. I have been considering this question because my shopping is largely done and my home business has slowed down this last week before Christmas. I have more available time. But the question also stirs in me because I have been self-centered. Living alone, it is easy for me to dwell on my own needs, disappointments or desires. I can forget that my personal hardships pale in comparison with the suffering of others.
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"The Lord's word is clear and I am afraid, wiggling uncomfortably in my skin, unsure and awkward. What will it be like? How will I know what to do? I complicate love and avoid what makes me uncomfortable. I shun those in need, close the eyes so I don't need to see. What will it be like to be vulnerable, to reach out a hand to one with dirty fingers and unkempt appearance? I may not have money to give, but I do have time, and an aching heart searching for Christ. Where better to find Him then in the broken, discarded of this world. To offer a smile, a hand, a gesture of kindness. This is Christmas, and this will transform my own weary heart."
If my words have stirred something in you, consider what goodwill might mean for you this year. What will it cost you? I know we will all be the richer for it.