Love is the Reason for The Season
In 2018, American singer and songwriter, Mike Love released his Christmas Solo-Album titled “Reason for the Season”. The album was a collection of traditional Christmas carols, new songs, and re-recordings of some songs by The Beach Boys – a rock band Mike co-founded in 1961.
The Reason for the Season album featured classics like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night” as well as the title track “Reason for the Season“, “Finally, It’s Christmas” and “Alone on Christmas Day”; a song he did for people who for any reason are far away from family and friends during the Christmas period – like soldiers, humanitarian workers etc.
The album which was Mike Love’s 3rd reached #4 on Billboard’s Holiday Album Chart and #6 on the Independent Albums Chart. in addition, Kevin Coffey of the Omaha World-Herald – a daily newspaper in the Midwestern United States included it in his list of the best new Christmas music of 2018. Explaining the motivation behind the album, Mike said; “I wanted to make a record that reminded people that essentially, the holidays is about love and Jesus preached love. That what the world needs now is love and there’s nothing more necessary in the world than that.”
I agree with Mike Love; Indeed, LOVE is The Reason for The Season!
As we go about different activities; shopping, commuting, merrymaking and so on, let’s take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The core message of the season is love and we should always have that at the back of our minds. Whatever you do this season, be deliberate about spreading love to people around you and here are 3 simple ways to do so;
- Be Patient
Let’s face it; running errands, shopping, buying gifts, decorating, planning, cooking and the many other things we do this period could be time-consuming and somewhat intense. There can be big temptations to become easily frustrated, irritable and impatient. Part of displaying love is being patient. So whether it’s in the parking lots or on the queue in a store, wherever you are, please be patient with people. I promise you, some won’t be as polite as they should but you owe yourself a jolly season, so choose not to let them ruin it.
- Be Kind
While kindness should be the norm every time, please take the opportunity of this Christmas to show an extra measure of kindness to those around you by reaching out to people in your community. Make up your mind to do something that will make others happy. A small act of kindness definitely goes a long way and gives you the chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around you.
- Be Generous
It’s a season to be generous. We wouldn’t have Christmas if God didn’t give his Son for humanity. We should also extend our bowels of compassion to others by sharing with them from what we have. Spend your time generously with family and friends. Share your resources with others. Remember it doesn’t have to be big or expensive. With whatever you have, show love to others. I am sure it will be appreciated.
Again on behalf of my family and I, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year ahead.
Remember You Have Only One Life to Live, MAKE IT COUNT!