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In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote: "Jesus said, it is more blessed to give than to receive." That verse has also been translated, "You're far happier giving than getting." That is good advice as we are about to celebrate Christmas. Because, believe it or not, putting others before ourselves does not come naturally. Thankfully, we have the life and wisdom of Jesus to properly guide us. Have you ever wondered how Jesus would celebrate Christmas if he were alive today and living in America?

Needless to say, his words and/or actions would certainly nurture people's faith and fortify their hope. What he would also do is what many of us tend to overlook or just fail to do. He would put others before himself and be sure to include those outside his comfort zone. Perhaps he would show love and care by visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home. Maybe he would just call them and brighten their day. Perhaps he would give or do something special for a neighbor in need or maybe he would volunteer time or donate money to a reputable organization. Whatever he would do, he would put the welfare of others before himself.

So this Christmas, instead of focusing on what we personally want for Christmas, we should follow the worthy example of Jesus and focus on making Christmas better for someone else — perhaps someone outside our comfort zone. When we do that, both the giver and the getter are truly blessed.

Scott Olsen

Sturtevant

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