HAPPY NEW YEAR! “Sharing is Caring”
Happy New Year! Can you believe that we have said good-bye to another year and said hello to a new year? I can’t believe it…. Did you stay up past 12:00AM to see the New Year arrive? I usually like to try to stay up so I can say that I have been awake for two years straight! But this year, I fell asleep on my couch. However, I did wake up to “ring in the New Year!”
Anyway, do you know what people like to do at the start of every new year? That’s right! They make some sort of challenge for themselves. We call this challenge a New Year’s Resolution. Some people may say that they want to exercise more or lose weight or get together with old friends or simply be a happier person. Others may say they want to read the Bible more or start going to church on a regular basis or pray that the church will host an event where the people can gather outside of Sunday mornings. There are many things that people make for their New Year’s Resolutions.
This year, I challenge each of you to have or make a New Year’s Resolution. It’s a simple resolution but it’s a powerful resolution. I challenge you to care for someone. Show that person kindness, love, compassion and help them out once in awhile. Maybe you can help them pick of their toys, play catch with them when it gets warmer outside, go for a bike ride with them, make cookies with them, color with them, or simply just give them a hug. Jesus cared for a lot of people during his ministry here on earth (and he still cares for a lot of people while he is in heaven), and he needs us to do the same. Jesus needs us to care for someone in our life like he cares for us.
When I think about caring, I think about the story of the injured person who was laying on a mat, and four individuals carried this person to the roof of a house, dug a whole in the roof, and lowered that person to Jesus. These four individuals went above and beyond to care for this person–they went out of their way to make sure that that person was cared for, they took risks, climbed atop a roof, and they showed us what it means to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Caring doesn’t have to be tough: it can be fun and still life-saving.
This year I challenge you to share your kindness with others as you care for them. Let them know that you are there for them!
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
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