A Cry for Attention

A woman posted a picture on social media the day after Halloween showing a needle in candy her daughter received while out trick-or-treating. The police investigated immediately. Turns out her daughter lied.

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That begs the question – Why? Did she do it for attention, and if so from whom?

People do things like this all the time. That’s what Munchausen-by-proxy is all about. Parents who cause their children to become ill just for the attention. We have people get into the faces of politicians, screaming and yelling, and posting it on the internet – why? For attention. To feel important.

Why are people in such dire need of attention? Is it because they don’t feel loved?

Psalm 86:5 tells us that the Lord is forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. I can’t help but think if these attention seekers had more God in their lives, they’d feel a lot better about themselves.

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There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them. – Mother Teresa

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As Christians, we need to show love for others. We should make people feel important so they don’t have a need to resort to lying about a needle in candy. Sure, some of these attention seekers are narcissistic or suffer from Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD), and no amount of love is going to help them. But most people who go to such extremes just want to feel important in this world.

There are just too many people crying to belong, and as Christians, we should show others God’s love so they don’t feel so alone and empty inside. And the best way to do that is by sharing our love with others.

We are coming up on the holiday season where time gets away from us quickly. Take a moment and think of someone in your life who could use a bit of your attention, your love. Pray for them and come up with a way to send some of your love their way. You will make them feel better and show them how God looks in a world with a lot of attention seekers but little compassion.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, let me know and I’ll be happy to pray for the situation.

The Missing Item of Christmas

I know we’re barely out of Halloween, and yet I’m about to talk about Christmas, but what can I say. I enjoy the season. Besides, I have a rant, and you know me, I’ve gotta let it out. I was walking through Hobby Lobby the other day, perusing the Christmas ornaments, looking for things that can be turned into crafts. Two girls were laughing about an ornament. When I got to them, I noticed the ornament that had their attention was a huge hamburger. It was ridiculous looking.

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Does this say Christmas to you?

I then glanced around. There was Sponge Bob, Barbie, footballs, baseballs, and basketballs. I even spotted all types of critters like squirrels. There was an angel or two, but one thing was missing. Jesus.

I noticed this at not only Hobby Lobby (the store owned by Christians) but Michaels as well. The only nativity items I saw were really flat ornaments of the manger with a star and tiny nativity pieces very poorly done.

What has become of Christ at Christmas?

Christmas is a time to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Luke 2:7 tells us that Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. There apparently is no room in the local stores for Jesus either.

Maybe it’s because it’s too early for all the Christmas ornaments to be out. I don’t know. I just know I didn’t like it. So I’ve decided that until I see more nativity scenes in the stores and less commercialism, I will not purchase any ornament that isn’t Christian based.

I’ll wish everyone a Merry Christmas, not a Happy Holiday. My savior is too important to ignore because of political correctness. Besides, most people are not upset by the sentiment. They know this is where Christmas came from. And if upsets them, that’s okay. I’d rather they be upset with me instead of Jesus being hurt because I’m afraid of others’ feelings.

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Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. – Ronald Reagan

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Thanksgiving will be over before you know it. Hopefully, this blog post will help remind you when you get busy during the Christmas season to stop and recall who we’re celebrating. Focus now and maybe we won’t forget that Jesus is the true reason for the season.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pray for the situation.

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