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Petty Thoughts

I am the first to admit, I can get irritated with everyone from my family to people in town. Maybe they commented on something on social media I didn’t care for or maybe I didn’t love a look they gave me. Maybe they said something without thinking or I did. Maybe it was nothing at all and I made it into more.

My head can go twelve different ways and I can get myself in a state if I don’t watch myself.

And then...I hear of a family losing a loved one, maybe their child.  I hear of a family in need who doesn’t have a roof over their head.

And then my heart is filled with how can I help, what can I do? And how can we as a group help the person struggling.

At that point, I realize all my petty thoughts are worthless. And I don’t care anymore. And I remember the reason for the season, my Lord and Savior was born. I see people argue about the day He was born, maybe not on December 25th and I am frustrated. Who cares? I am celebrating Him.  He is love and giving and I spend more time focusing on God and being His hands and feet. And how much I truly have.

I have a roof over my head today. I have a vehicle to drive, food to eat, and clutter to drive me nuts. I have so much.

The world can be a tiring place that can cause heartache and weariness. Do you celebrate with your family around a fire with new pajamas? You are blessed.

And right now someone isn’t.

Some of it is caused by addiction and things we can’t help or control. But there is more. There are children in single parent homes waking up alone and getting themselves to school.

Yes we hear national news that can drive us crazy but it is different in a small town when you know the people suffering personally.

Maybe there is nothing you can do. Maybe you are a paycheck away from it all being gone too.

In a world where people have lost or are losing jobs, when the news shows tent cities because people are without work, I think about my pettiness and irritations with people and I am reminded I am acting like a spoiled brat.

This season I wonder are you surrounded with family? Do you have your health? Is there someone’s electric or gas bill you could help pay? Would you like to volunteer?

Or help someone?

Or count your blessings? Or forgive someone?

This world is empty if it has no love, if it has no  heart to feel.

God loves a cheerful giver.

I pray today each and everyone of you are blessed without measure that your cup runneth over and you can share with someone. Maybe it’s a few dollars, maybe it’s offering to help a friend or a stranger. Or maybe you need to ask and you don’t have the courage.

Sometimes our pride can get in the way.

Someone today is living in conditions that would horrify you. Some child didn’t eat. Some mom is crying wondering where they will live. Someone is begging to live one more day.

If you look I think you can see that this Christmas season you are blessed. 

And I pray that you can bless someone else.

OPINIONS

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Richard L. James

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