Over the past nearly 30 years, I have written articles about everything from flowers to horses. Since Christmas is this week, permit me to set aside my ‘normal’ article and reflect on this special time of year.
As an adult, I find myself pressed with worldly commitments. I often fail to accept the joy of Christmas as I once did as a child. If I am not careful, Christmas comes and goes quickly. We cannot stop the calendar, but we can take time out of our busy schedule for others, especially those who are in need.
As a child I looked forward to receiving gifts. As an adult I realize the true joy of Christmas is giving of one’s self. It would be wonderful if our desire for giving and not receiving continued throughout the year. The gift of kindness in our heart and true goodwill for others would be an excellent start.
Christmas should be a time of peace, joy and happiness.
However, let’s don’t forget this year has been hard for many families. Peace on earth and goodwill towards others should begin in our own hearts and be expressed by helping others in need.
Why can’t every day be like Christmas? It could if we have the true meaning of Christmas in our hearts.
Christmas is a time to reflect on what is truly important in life. As God inspired the world on that first Christmas, let us be inspired to spread the true meaning of Christmas.
Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent. For more information, call (706) 265-2442.