Selfless Acts: The Meaning of Christmas

“Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen.” – Ramakrishna (Indian leader, 1836-1886)

Christmas is rapidly approaching and as we send greeting cards and purchase gifts for our family and friends, it is important that we remember the real meaning of the holiday.

Sadly, Christ is no longer part of “Christmas;” it has been condensed to “X-mas” or “Happy Holiday’s.” Rather than a day of celebration to honor the birth of our Lord and Savior, Christmas has been downgraded to a day of gift giving and receiving.

Seeing how the wise men are said to have visited Jesus after his birth bearing gifts, gift giving is not a bad thing. However, the true meaning of Christmas is a celebration of the love Christ had for us when he was conceived of the Holy Spirit to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:20-21), and to offer up thanksgiving, praise and worship for His selfless acts toward us.

With so much chaos and uncertainty in the world, Christmas is the season of love and goodwill towards all of mankind. Here are a few selfless acts you can do you can do to renew your Christmas spirit:

1. Express your love by telling each family member and friend how blessed you are to have them and how they made a difference in your life. If you have a hard time verbalizing your feelings, write them a “love letter” and drop it in the mail in time for them to receive it before Christmas.

2. Rather than spending a fortune, put your money to better use and shop in the clearance session. Donate the money you saved on gifts to your favorite charitable organization.

3. Create a memory book which chronicles the last year of your life. Include family photos and pictures of yourself partying with friends; mix text fonts and images in a print-on-demand book.

4. Ask your children to donate one of their old toys in exchange for a new one from Santa. This will help sow the seed of generosity and selflessness.

As self-help author Tony Robbins said, “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”

We at the God Knows Project wish you and your family, a very joyous CHRISTmas.

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