For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. – Ecclesiastes 8:6
The holidays are rolling in sooner than we may think. You can believe that for sure.
Retailers will soon pull Halloween costumes and decorations off the shelves in order to replace them with Thanksgiving items and eventually Christmas goodies. The streets of major metropolitan areas will adorn themselves with seasonal themes and decorations, even lights on palm trees out here in California.
So what is a Christian to do?
Let us spark good works in one another (Hebrews 10:24). Keep things going for the good, not just to keep things going or to keep us busy. Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:1 tell us: “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Now is the season to put into practice what can actually help folks beyond photo opportunities, lip service, campaign stunts or public relations. Paul instructed Titus on how our people should learn to do good works unless they are to be considered “unfruitful” according to the New International Version.
This holiday season can be the time where you can support the work of others such as local charities. Or, you can make a difference on your own with friends and family. The key to doing good is that it does some good for someone other than you. It is about giving of what you have or what you are able to do rather than exchanging gifts and pleasantries. Beyond dropping a coin or bill into a bucket as you leave a store this holiday season, give someone your time, energy and ability through your availability as you make an impact on someone else’s life.