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Jack Blanchard’s Column: Christmas Enough

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Jack Blanchard’s Column: Christmas Enoughdividers_60‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the park, 
One trailer was leaky and covered with tarp. 
On the wall were two cards where you taped them up. 
By the light of a candle I poured us a cup. 
Our tree on the table was scrawny and thin… 
A foot and three quarters of plastic and tin. 
The carolers sang on our clock radio, 
It’s the thought, after all, that counts, as you know. 
The snow on the window, the smell of the pine, 
Were sprayed from a can, but we didn’t mind. 
No money, no shopping, no last minute rush. 
Christmas with love is Christmas Enough.


Jack Blanchard.

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Christmas Inspiration With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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“Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Christmas Time Inspiration For All In Need This Morning”ChristmasLeavesTake the Initiative

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

When the Good Samaritan saw the wounded man the priest and the Levite ‘passed by’, he took the initiative and went out of his way to help him. Jesus ended His parable by saying, ‘…Go and do likewise.’ (Luke 10:37). Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, taught all his employees ‘The 10-Foot Rule’. It says, ‘I promise that whenever I come within 10 feet of a customer I will look them in the eye, greet them and ask if I can help them.’ As a result, stores worldwide implement Sam’s rule every day. Most of us recognize the value of taking the initiative. We acknowledge its importance in relationships, yet we still don’t do it. We wait for the other person to make the first move. But all that does is lead to missed opportunities. Pastor Malcolm Bane observed, ‘If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.’ If you’re serious about helping others don’t wait—initiate! The ‘perfect moment’ seldom arrives. An old Jewish proverb says, ‘The wise do at once what the fool does at last.’ Initiating a conversation often feels awkward. Offering help means risking rejection. Giving to others can lead to misunderstanding. You won’t feel ready or comfortable in such moments; you just have to learn to get past those feelings of awkwardness and insecurity. To help people, you must go ahead and do what others never quite get around to. So right now take the initiative. Go out on a limb—that’s where the fruit is.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me initiate contact with others to serve them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

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