Can anything good come from Hollywood?

What’s with all these Christmas stories about grumps who want to spoil everyone’s Christmas? The Grinch is a jaded self-centered thief. Elf’s father, Walter, cares only about making money. Scrooge is, well, a Scrooge.

In the end, of course, they all learn their lessons. Each selfish spoilsport learns that it’s far better to give than to receive.

You might think they’re just cute children’s stories. But there really is a powerful message here not just for kids, but for adults!

Turns out, studies have shown that it is physically and psychologically beneficial to be generous and kind towards others.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Increase in self esteem
  • Decrease in anxiety and depression
  • Longer life span
  • Feeling happier (sometimes known as ‘helpers high’)
  • And lowering of blood pressure
Kitties *AND* giving lower blood pressure. Now that's legit.

Kitties *AND* giving lower blood pressure. Now that’s legit.

What’s this to do with Christmas?

Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift that the world has ever known: Jesus Christ.  The Bible says,

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Giving is really at the heart of why we celebrate Christmas! Think about it.  God is generous. And His generosity extends to all mankind, down to the worst of us.

Receiving forgiveness of all your wrongdoings by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior is the greatest gift you can ever receive.

“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” – (1 John 5:11-12)

In the words of hall of fame sports broadcaster Jerry Coleman, "You can hang a star on that baby!"

In the words of hall of fame sports broadcaster Jerry Coleman, “You can hang a star on that baby!”

Following our generous God

The reason we make it a point to take a day (umm, remember, we’re talking about Christmas) and be generous to one another is because God was so generous to us. It not only pleases God to give, but He is also pleased to watch His children be generous towards one another and to spread the love which He gave:

“We love because he first loved us.”  (1 John 4:19)

Jesus also said,

“It is far more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

When we give, God is glorified, Jesus is celebrated, people are blessed, and we find joy.  So this Christmas don’t be a Scrooge or a Grinch.  Be like God–be a giver!

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Author: Trevor Vanderburg

I've been blessed to grow up into an amazing Christian family with two older brothers and three adopted sisters. My parents were missionaries to many different countries in both Africa and South East Asia. We came back to the States when I was young, but my life still remains an adventure. Today I go to school full time and spend my time with school, writing, reading, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends. Some of my most passionate subjects include Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Anthropology. Among many other things I love to teach, and travel, but above all I love God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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