The Real Reason for the Season
Today's post is part of a special series of Christmas articles. Each writer was given a photo and tasked with writing a spiritually minded article inspired by that image.
With all the stress and hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I am pretty positive that all of us have encountered or will encounter someone whose face matches that of this dog’s. And, most likely, we will feel the same way too, at some point or another.
Being a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ, I should try hard not to show this side to others, especially those who I've shared my testimony with. 'Tis the season to be joyful and cherish my loved ones — not to be a scrooge or a grinch.
Here are some recommendations for things you can do if you start feeling like this pup, whether it’s this month or any time, really.
Sing your favorite church song
Or listen to songs you might have on CD from conference, campout, or elsewhere. I have never seen a grumpy person singing!
Call some brothers or sisters to see how they are doing.
Others might be going through something worse than you or have experienced something similar as you and can help.
Think about a blessing that the Lord has done for you,
whether it’s an answered prayer or an experience you might have had. I am sure all of us have too many blessings to count.
Pull out your scriptures and start reading.
If you are prayerful about it, God will guide what you read to make it just what you needed.
Plan a gathering with some of your church family.
Having something fun to look forward to can cheer someone up. In Denver, we have a tradition to go to dinner and see a Christmas play and also have a potluck-style gathering with a gift card exchange.
Does anyone else have any other recommendations? (Leave a comment with yours, and we'll generate a long list of encouragement!)
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.