Tonight’s Christmas story is about magnanimous people. I just love writing that word! I like how it rolls off my tongue each time I say it. It is not a word you hear every day. However, it is a word that describes some people. Maybe a person, just like you.
When I think of those people, I know and love I think of them as being generous and big-hearted. They forgive those who have hurt them and are unselfish. They go the extra mile to help someone in need, and never expect anything in return. Although being magnanimous is essential every day, Christmas is undoubtedly the time to step up our generosity, smiles, and to go an extra, extra mile.
I have noticed that although there is a lot of magnanimous people, there are also some who seem to be lost. Some are selfish, some are uncaring, and some make no attempt to help others. I have to be honest, it breaks my heart to see so many uncaring souls not only in our country but around the world.
However, this is the season for miracles. I will not give up on the idea that magnanimous people can help those who are struggling to do what is right. Maybe, by example, we might just make a difference.
There is always hope for those who are lost. We all make mistakes, feel anger at times, and get a little impatient. But it is what we do with all those things that make the difference. Maybe we all can be a bit more persistent like the man in the Bible story, who kept knocking on his neighbor’s door until he brought him the bread to feed his friend.
Changes start with you and me. Don’t give up on those you care about or perhaps those who God puts on your path. I believe they are on our path for a reason. Maybe through your dedication to being a magnanimous person, you might find a way to reach out to those you meet and change a life or two. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!
When I think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to my mind is the birth of Jesus. The baby in the manger, who would grow to be a curious little boy, a teenager learning Joseph’s trade, a young man who knew His path, and the Man who loved, helped others, did miracles, and died for our sins. Throughout His life, this dear sweet Man loved unconditionally. His Father never promised us a perfect life. However, He did promise that we would never be alone.
So, in this Christmas season, do what you can for others, love everyone you meet, and always strive to be a magnanimous person, changing the world one person at a time.