There’s christmas lights up, the air is cold, the stores are beginning to supply their holiday sales; the Christmas season is almost here. Now that Thanksgiving is officially over the winter spirit is beginning to kick in, don’t you think? There’s talk of presents and family gatherings; there’s Christmas music filling all of the department stores and mall outlets; you can almost feel the excitement. What is it that makes Christmas stand out so much in the hearts of humans around America? Is it Saint Nicholas and his little elves? Is it the decorated pine trees or the vibrant wreaths? Or is there something more to this time of the year?
As you know, it is called CHRISTmas for a reason. This is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Christ the messiah, our savior, our father, our friend: Jesus. But yet those of us who do not accept Him into their lives still feel the joy of this time of the year. Why is that? Why is it that almost nobody can escape feeling of the holiday spirit whether they like it or not? The answer is simple: there is no one on this earth that can escape the love of other people when it is as strong as it is this time of the year. The love humans share for one another is inescapable, and all things good and loving can be traced back to God. Everything good comes from the father. So thinking in that sense it is safe to say that that’s why Christmas is so special to people: it’s the one time of the year when we can all feel Christ’s love through one another. But why can’t we, as Christians, do this all year ‘round? How come we can’t share this spirit every day?
That’s our job: to show the love of Christ inside and outside of CHRISTmas. This is the time of year when we get a glimpse of real happiness and real love. So I urge you to make that happiness about something other than just getting, and even giving, material things. Don’t focus on this that will fade in time, but store your treasure in heaven, as stated in Matthew 6. Jesus is your best friend, and He loves you so much that he died for you. Yeah, yeah, I know hearing that Jesus died for you can be cliche at times, but it never loses its truth no matter how much it loses its sting. No matter how many times we hear it, we need to resist hardening our hearts to it. This is the time of year we live, laugh, and love. But what will you live for, laugh at, and what will you love? I pray for everyone reading this to just keep Christ the focus of their lives, to live for Him, laugh with Him, and just simply love Him. And if He isn’t the focus yet that He would become the absolute center of your lives. Just remember these few things: There are many people in this world that love you; God loves you, your friends and family love you, and even I love you. :) It’s so easily to lose site of the most important things in a time of consumerism like Christmas. So go and live like you are loved, because that my friends is the most important thing in the world. Not getting presents
You are loved….