The gift of Christmas is when we discover that the greatest life is one that gives. The bible declares, “Christ in us the hope of glory.” I came across the following words from an unknown author; I hope it will inspire you during this season to give your life away.

If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of another; if I can aid some soul to a clearer sight of life and duty, and thus bless my brother; if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear, I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.

If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a sense of duty; if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love of truth and beauty; if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near, I shall not have lived in vain while here.

If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to love and kindness; if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse of mental blindness; if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived and loved in vain.

If by life’s roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some wearied head my rest, though I may never share its beauty, I shall yet be truly blest, though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower upon my grave, I shall not have lived in vain while here.

This Christmas, give the gift of life, which is the gift of Christ! Merry Christmas!

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