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As we enter the fourth and final week of Advent, I’ve been enjoying teaching my grandchildren new things about the nativity of our Lord. One thing we’ve discussed this year was the fact that Jesus made many sacrifices for us by coming to earth in human form. From dirty diapers and diaper rash, to splinters as he grew, to the ultimate pain of the cross, it was a life full of surrender and sacrifice – for us! At any time, Jesus could have looked at the Father and said, “Forget it. These people are awful! It’s not worth it! Take Me home!” Praise God, that’s NOT what happened. He basically said, by His actions as well as His words, “These people can be awful but I love them so much! I’m staying to help them, so they don’t have to spend an eternity in hell!” And He did just that!
We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Now, He calls on each of us to do the same for others. To live a life of surrender to Him. To love others, even the unlovable, with His love. To serve them, encourage them, and minister to them in a myriad of ways, including through senior home care and grandparenting. Who knows if and when His message gets through to others via us. Even when we are providing dementia care to a beloved senior, we never know when a light might go off for them, even for just a brief second. We are making a vital difference, and it’s such a joy to know that. It’s not easy, but with an eternity-view, it’s definitely worth it!
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yes, we never really do know when we make a difference so we need to be in the game at all times!! which is so hard!
and merry Christmas!
Hi AmyDeanne, Too true! So challenging and yet, Praise God, so rewarding! I appreciate your sweet encouragement! 🙂 Christmas blessings to you and your family as well! 🙂
beautiful post, Kaye. I know you have been keeping Advent, as I have been. So many things we want to be sure the next generations know about, aren’t there? This morning I am having a couple little people over for a birthday party for Jesus. I found those foam kits you talked about and we will make nativity sets for each of them…on sale for only about $3 each at Michaels! We have hats and horns from the dollar store, and tiny cupcakes with candles. We will also tell the old, old story with the Fisher Price nativity set. The best thing about grandparenting is you get to be a kid again! I’m so excited! Have a blessed week!
What great encouragement and a reminder that in all we do, we are making a difference and should view life with an eternity view. Thanks for sharing. Christmas blessings to you!
Hi Jacquelyn, Thank you 🙂 Your party sounds like it will be such fun! And what a great sale you found at Michaels! 🙂 I’m right there with you on the “kid again” part! Definitely keeps us feeling younger, too, doesn’t it :
Hi Joyfull, thank you so much for your sweet comments! 🙂