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Paying it forward – lets do this all year round

Whether we like it or not, the Christmas season is upon us.  All around us we see evidence of this.  Stores both online and offline are in a full court press trying to pressure us to release the grasp on our pocket books.  We are being told through marketing hype the only way to celebrate Christmas, is to spend lots of cash and buy lots of presents for everyone we know.  The only problem with that idea, is that not everyone has a lot of cash to throw around for buying presents.  I think that it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on folks and creates more stress than joy or peace.

While I think it is nice to be able to give gifts to our loved ones, maybe we are missing the point of the season.  As we listen to some of the Christmas carols, lets focus less on the music and more on the message.  Here are some of the songs we are familiar with.

Peace on earth and good will to men. 

Joy to the world.

Silent Night

We are familiar with these songs and we sing them without missing a beat.  I am thinking that maybe less is more in this situation.   I would suggest that we do what we can with what we have, without going into debt this Christmas.  If you have X amount of dollars and X amount of people to buy for, then that is what they are going to get.   After all, it is not about how much the gift costs, but rather the actual act of giving.  Why are we falling into the commercialized trap of competing with the Jones’s and trying to gain approval by what is or is not under the Christmas tree?

One of the ways that we can spread peace and joy is by paying it forward.  What does that mean?  Think back to the times in your life where you experienced a random act of kindness. Take that random act of kindness and pay it forward to someone else in your community. You will be surprised at how good this will make you feel.  Not only that but you will probably surprise the recipient and motivate them to do the same thing.  Paying it forward means that you chose to do something kind, considerate or generous to someone who is not expecting it and wanting nothing in return.  Sometimes paying it forward means that the person receiving the act of kindness may never know that you did it.

I would love to hear about a random act of kindness that you have experience in your life and how it blessed you.  How did it make you feel?  How did it motivate you?  Did it have a positive affect on your life in the moment or for the future?  Did it increase your outlook on humanity?

We wish you a Merry Christmas  that is filled with Hope, Joy and peace that will fill your heart and spirit.



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Coastal Community Church presents

A Christmas celebration that will be held at the Oakland Elementary School on December 24th at 5 pm and 7 pm.  We have been attending Coastal Community Church in West Ashley for the last couple of months and we like it. 

We moved from Johns Island to West Ashley a year and a half ago, and we were driving back and forth to Goose Creek, to attend Grace Fellowship Church where we have attended for over 11 years.  We will always be a part of Grace Fellowship Church, and while we plan on visiting from time to time, we needed to find a church home closer to where we live, where we can get involved and be committed to on a regular basis. 

If you are not doing anything special for Christmas eve, Katy and I would love to invite you to join us as we attend the special Christmas celebration.  From what we have experienced in the last two months at Coastal, this will be a special Christmas celebration that you will not want to miss.  Coastal Community Church is a vibrant church family, that meets regularly every Sunday at 9:30 am, 11:15 am and 6 pm.  After the 6 pm service supper is served in the fellowship hall.  That gives you a chance to eat some good food, and meet some of the other members. 

Pastor Chris Rollins kicked off the Christmas Classic series on December 4th, so if you can attend on any Sunday in December I know you will be blessed to hear this series. 

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