Greetings fellow CMA NSW/ACT members and riders,
The end of the year is almost upon us, and we enter in to the Christmas period, where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time of celebrating, sharing and relaxing with family and friends. I don’t know about you all, but the older I get, the importance and emphasis on receiving gifts, plays very little part to me now (there is not much that I need these days, unless it is a new motorcycle – LOL!). I find that the focus of gift giving should be on the children, within our families, and helping those in need in the general community.
I personally gain much pleasure from the following, at Christmas time:
- Focussing on the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating with my church family at the church service on Christmas day.
- The time spent with family and friends over the Christmas period.
- Financially supporting organisations that assist people to enjoy some semblance of a happy Christmas
I personally hate the worldly lead up to Christmas these days, with the emphasis on the material aspect of spending lots of money, thinking only of ourselves and our personal pleasure, pigging out on Christmas day (with so many starving in the world), and the advertising for Christmas commencing earlier on the calendar every year!
As followers of Christ, we need to show others around us, that our focus is on Christ and helping others who are struggling. As CMA members, we can show that we care for the community, by doing and participating in the following:
- Participate in local organised toy and blanket runs, wearing your colours
- Attend your local biker carols nights, wearing your colours
- Help out at your local soup kitchen / food trailer, wearing your colours, or make a donation
- Donate to the Salvation Army, Wesley Mission or any local assist charity
It is a proven fact, that giving is far more satisfying, than receiving. I’m sure that you have many other ideas that you could pass on to CMA, to be serving our Lord in a giving fashion this Christmas. If so, please send them through.
Whatever you plan to do for Christmas in 2023, please ensure that Christ is at the centre of your celebrations! After all, he is the reason for the season! If you are travelling, please travel safe.
From me to you all – have a happy, safe and holy Christmas. I am looking forward to what 2024 and our Lord has in store for CMA NSW/ACT. May our God and Saviour bless you all real good over this wonderful time of year. Blessings to you all!
Graeme Bingham – President CMA NSW/ACT