My godson & I went to the movies together today!
Tom and I have been friends since I was 12 years old. And when he decided to join the Catholic faith several years ago, both Cuppycake and I were honored to be asked by him to be his Godparents.
Many, many, many, (maybe not THAT many) years ago, when we first met, we’d go to the snack-shack together during the 7th inning stretch of the baseball games, of which Tom was the local high-school bat boy for. Tom loved the ice cream sandwiches and I always got the foot-long green-apple gum rope.
Instead of baseball, Tom and I now enjoy going to the movies together; even though we still have differing opinions on the snacks! Tom insists on the need for popcorn…even when we attend a morning matinee or he’s forgotten to wear his dentures, while I prefer to stick with red swedish fish or bit-o-honey’s.
No matter the activity…we still make great snack-mates! Continue reading “humble confidence.”
Continue reading “personal best, (is he!)”
Jesus knew, giving makes both the giver and the receiver happy. In pursuit of that happiness, many view gift-giving as one of the most important features of Christmas.
Many feel that Christmas gift-giving brings more stress, not more happiness. How so? A lot of shoppers feel compelled to buy gifts that they cannot afford. And since everyone is shopping for gifts at the same time, crowds and long lines make shopping an exasperating experience for many.
“Practice giving,” said Jesus.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
And He did not limit gift-giving to a certain time of the year when people would be expected to give. Jesus urged his followers to make spontaneous gift-giving a practice, a way of life.
“Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
The essence of Paul’s counsel is that “nothing is ever to be given ‘from compulsion,’ from a feeling that one is forced to give,” explains one Bible commentary. Being “a cheerful giver” rules out the feeling of being obligated to give a specific item to a specific person at a specific time—the way Christmas gift-giving often turns out to be.
Gifts given as a matter of Choice.
Gifts given as they should be.
Love is a gift.
Now give that gift away.
these hugs n’ blessings are for everyone choosing to give the gift of love this Christmas Season!