My favorite Christmastime memories are small things that still bring a smile to my face. I’m sure you have similar recollections that make you feel warm inside, like drinking a mug of eggnog, when they come to mind. The sight of my family sitting around the living room talking and opening gifts and my dad reminding us of the true reason for the season. My great uncle Jimmy dressing up like an old hobo and sitting down among us—and no one knowing who he was for at least half an hour. My dad giving my mom a golf bag that she wasn’t too thrilled about until she found a bracelet hidden inside.
But as great as all these times were, my favorite was when all of the presents were given out expect one in the corner that remained wrapped. My dad said, “Go see who it’s for,” and of course it was for me. The best part was that we spent three months building that balsa plane and learning to fly it. That experience made me want to become a pilot, and I’ve now spent 24 years enjoying aviation and flying.
Tim, um Santa, and his family—making spirits bright in frigid, snowy Texas.
I hope someone invested in you like my parents did and that this made your life more fulfilled. My challenge to you is to make this season one not of indulging or receiving but rather investing in someone else in a way that makes them better. It’s never the moments you plan on or set up but the spontaneous encounter or little conversation you have that people will remember fondly in future. So make the effort to help someone or experience something special with your family and friends. It could be the memory that they treasure the most.
Philippians 2:1-4 says, “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
This holiday season, help someone make a memory. I bet if you do it will create one that brings a smile to your face the rest of your life too. Merry Christmas from your friends and partners at Access.