I took this survey online the other day, and what I found more interesting than the survey itself was the scathing remarks left in the comments. There were many comments left by people who could not afford to give. They were not the scathing ones. The scathing comments came from others, and ranged from "Your income is irrelevent, find a way to MAKE gifts." -to- "Do better at planning ahead all year so that December doesn't hit you so hard. There's no excuse for not giving at Christmas-time."
I won't comment on the comments. We all have our own opinions.
What struck me is that people had actually taken time out of their day to leave such unkind words. It made me purpose in my heart to be KIND during this Christmas season -- a season that is difficult for many. It made me want to slow down. To look people in the eye when I say my pleases and thank yous. To say "Merry Christmas!" and smile at strangers. To patiently wait my turn in line. To strike up conversations.
I was reminded again of the poem "The Christmas Guest" by Helen Steiner Rice. You can read it HERE.
BE a blessing this Christmas!