Sometimes crazy things happen at Christmas. Leanne Carter was rushed to the hospital with stomach pains one Christmas Day. The 21-year-old didn’t know what caused the discomfort but was shocked when doctors revealed the source of her pain—she was in labor.
According to the story on trend-chaser.com, the baby was born to a surprised but happy mother. She had no inkling she was pregnant and had experienced no symptoms other than the stomach pains. That’s one way of receiving a surprise Christmas present!
God has a way of surprising us with His abundant blessings. I remember the year my mother came up with the ridiculous idea of ”not just focusing on ourselves this Christmas.”. She gathered us together to go caroling to old and lonely people in our town.
I didn’t want to go. I wanted to stay home and celebrate Christmas our usual way. My attitude stunk, and I wasn’t shy about showing it. And I threatened not to go.
Margret, one of the missionary ladies, came over to me and said,” Chris, are you not willing to sacrifice just a little for Jesus at Christmas? Think of all that He has done for you.”
Those words hit me right in the heart. Of course, I was willing to sacrifice for Christ! I quickly got my attitude in check and off we went.
We sang carols and prayed with several elderly folk and had no idea how much it would mean to them. I remember singing at a lonely old couples’ home. They did not know Christ, but when we started singing, the man sang at the top of his voice. He could not hit the notes. When we finished, he and his wife did not want us to leave. They kept asking us to sing one more song. We made their Christmas.
Then it hit me—no longer was it an offering to spend our Christmas this way. It was pure joy. A little offering turned into an unexpected and abundant blessing!
Here is my advice: This Christmas, sacrifice for Jesus. He did for us. We can do for Him as well. It is worth!
1 John 4:10 in the NIV says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”