The holiday season is rapidly approaching. For some, this is the most wonderful time of the year because it's traveling season and few get to leave and go spend time with their families for the holidays. However, many people don't realize that for most, the last three months of the man-made year are of the least favored time of the year. If I could place it in my terms, October-December are mourning months. A lot of our love ones go on to see the Lord during these months and over the years create such sorrow and grief during the holiday season. From personal experience, I don't believe man could fathom how much I despise this time of year. A vast majority of my love ones have transitioned during this quarter. Because of this, I would like to leave a word of encouragement for EVERYONE, not just my fellow youth and young adults.
Love one another as Christ loved the church and treat others as they would like to be treated. If you are offended or have an ought against an individual, the bible says in Matt 5:23, "if you are about to place your gift on the alter and remember that someone is angry with you, leave your gift there in the front of the altar. Make peace with that person and then come back and offer your gift to God". In that, life is too short to dwell on the past. I have watched some of my friends and associates lose their life due to ignorance or stupidity.
I encourage us as a united body, not only in our individual churches but the nation as a whole, to get focused on what is Christ-like and strive everyday to live like Him. In doing so, let's repent for all the mistakes we have made and will make in the future. Not one single man on earth is perfect. We all have fallen short of the glory of G-d but we must continue to perfect ourselves in our everyday walk with Him.
This holiday season and for now on, make it your business to love and love correctly. Research yourself and find what flaws you possess and make every effort to make improvements on those areas that you do not exceed in. Distance yourself from negativity and let's focus on a brighter future for ourselves and our families.
I pray this encourages your spirits and everyone be blessed,
Brenita N. Glover