Christmas is the ultimate season of love. And no, I’m not referring to it being “cuffing season.” I’m referring to God’s love. The concept of God’s love constantly overwhelms me. His plan to send HIS son to be the savior or the world is enough for me to stop and give praise each day. This season is all about how that love started with the birth of baby Jesus.
Don’t let this season only be about giving gifts to family and friends. We can give the gift of God’s love to anyone. Friends, strangers, coworkers, drive through cashiers, retail workers…EVERYONE. Here are 5 easy ways to share God’s love.
People are insecure. Give them confidence.
Everyone has doubts and anxieties. We wonder if we’re making the right decision for ourselves, for our families, for our futures. Give others confidence. We can reassure a friend that they made the right move whether it’s a new job, a relocation, or a change in their relationship status (good or bad). Let a coworker know that you admire how they did a certain job or how the product of their work turned out. If you’re around new parents, give them a pat on the back. Chances are they may be questioning their every decision and need some words of encouragement.
People need to feel special. Compliment them.
Compliments can be hard to give if you aren’t in the regular practice of giving them. A while back I would think compliments but never say them out loud. Then I realized how good it feels to receive a compliment even if it’s awkward in the moment. Ever since then, if I think a compliment I try to say it out loud. You never know, your compliment might be the one thing that brightens someone’s day. Make sure your compliment is genuine and don’t expect anything in return.
People are looking for a better tomorrow. Give them hope.
The other night I watched my husband comfort someone who was experiencing a great deal of pain. He approached this person, an acquaintance at best, and listened. As I watched from a distance admiration filled my heart.
There are plenty of people around us that are facing problems. Some may seem small while others are facing big fights. It’s important that we give others hope. Encourage others to put God in the forefront of their lives to align themselves with him. Let them know that there is hope – they are strong enough to face the struggles in their lives. Just being present in someone’s life and letting them know that they are not alone may be the hope they need to face whatever their challenge is.
People need to be understood. Listen to them.
Truly listen. Don’t be in a hurry to give advice. We all know from experience that people can tell us what to do as much as they want and at the end of the day we’re going to do what we think is best. Listen to others and understand their situations. Understand where they are coming from and try to put yourself in their shoes.
Sometimes people feel alone and feel like there is no one there for them. Just being there to listen and love lets them know they are not alone.
People need role models. Be one.
This one may be the hardest one because we all have our bad days. Too often we’re unaware of the example we set and the impression we’re making. Start by being more aware of what your actions and intentions look like from the outside. Work on being patient, gracious, and kind in every situation. People are ALWAYS watching especially when we say we are Christians. Let’s all try to push ourselves to be a better example of God’s love.
As you go out this season, remember that not every gift is tangible. Love is the most important gift we can give this season.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12