The Christmas Gift

November 18, 2010 | 1 Comment

How often do we discount or mistreat others? And how often are we treated badly by others? And how often are the reasons for those conflicts a mystery, even to us?

The Christmas Giftt by R. William Bennett is a charming story of a newcomer, a bully, and the benefits of doing the right thing. The lessons young Scott learns are good reminders to all of us who are tempted to react in kind rather than responding kindly.

As I minister to challenging people, it’s helpful to remember that there is always a reason for their behavior. Challenging people aren’t challenging on purpose, you know. I may or may not know the reason. I may or may not understand it. Sometimes it will make sense; sometimes it won’t. But we all have “stuff” that can govern our behaviors and feelings. If we ignore the stuff, if we don’t actively heal it, we’ll live it out in one way or another. Usually by hurting others. In this book, Scott’s actions are the key for those of us ministering to wounded people.  This book would be a great discussion starter for your small group.

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  1. david on November 22, 2010 6:32 am

    great one

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