Week 60 – Close for stocktaking

Another year is about to finish and another Christmas is just around the corner. It is unbelievable how the time is passing so quickly and how things are taking shape without much thought- probably our subconscious works better than our conscious minds. This time of the year is very special because we celebrate the birth of our saviour “Jesus”: however we keep our attention on things that are not related to him at all. Consumer marketing took over our Christmas, making us “buyers” more than anything else. We spend money buying stuff for people that might not need or like it: very sad, isn’t it? We rush around the whole year consuming things that we don’t need, spending time on things that do not add anything to our lives, and having high expectations from all that’s around us.

I believe that this time of the year is the best time to slow down and reflect. A “stocktaking” moment is what we all need! We know that many companies close for stocktaking during the year to check if their products match with what is recorded in their system. We also need a moment to stop and check if what we want for our lives is matching our actions, our reality! It is so easy to be carried away by day to day duties and lose focus on our objective. Time to analyse the things we really need in life. Material things are probably the ones that we need least. Perhaps we should bring the real Christmas back, the real love for helping people, the real love of serving and not being served. My wish to you this Christmas and this New Year is that you can live fully the present that God gave you: “your life”. I hope that you and I can be less judgmental and have more empathy with all those around us, that we can help those really in need and can invest our time in things that really matter to us; and I definitely wish that we can be more like Jesus! Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, and a beautiful 2017 full of good thoughts!

Week 22 – Already Christmas?

Have you got the feeling that this year went too fast? I wouldn’t be surprised if you did, because Christmas is already around the corner. Every year is the same, thousands of people worldwide asking the clock is ticking so fast. Then begins the countdown to the most expected day of the year. The high street shops prepare for the busiest week of the year. Everywhere you go you see people offering more and more things to you to buy. You might think twice, like me, and say; “this year I will spend less” or “this year I will help a charity”, but end up being caught up, spending more than you should, and not helping any charity.

Most of us know that the meaning of Christmas day is not consumerist. Rather, Christmas is the most important day for humanity. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Christmas is about the love of God for all of us. He sent Jesus to save us and bring us close to him again. But nowadays we do not live this love of God, we only think of ourselves. Right now there are thousands of people suffering in the world: people fleeing their countries because of war, children and elderly people being abused and neglected, people with incurable diseases! And do you know what they want most this Christmas? It is not expensive gifts, designer clothes, or a bountifully filled table. They just want PEACE! My request to you this Christmas is to pray for all these people and, if possible, to help someone close to you. Often there are people in need of such little things around us that sometimes we do not realize the difference we can make to their lives. Be the most important present to someone this Christmas, make a difference. God bless you.