Let’s face it…the Christmas season is a mind-boggling jumble of advertising, crowded shopping places, events, parties, gifting obligations, family visits, etc., etc. The demands you face are innumerable … and often overwhelming.
The Christmas season can be fun or frustrating … peaceful or stressful … happy or depressing. It all depends on your focus.
Are you focused on today’s “Christmas” … your Christmas? Or … are you focused on the original Christmas … His Christmas?
Consider the reaction to the original Christmas…
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke:13-14
What is your reaction to today’s Christmas? Is it stress, guilt, obligation, or fear of disappointment?
Sadly, you’ve been conditioned to believe Christmas is about giving.
I submit to you a different thought. Christmas is not only about giving. Christmas is … more importantly … about receiving … understanding … and appreciating … what you’ve received.
On the first Christmas … God gave you a Savior to redeem you from the consequences of your human nature … sinfulness.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given … And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6 (bold mine)
God meant this day to be a celebration of what you’ve received … a Savior who can deliver you from eternal damnation … and grant you eternal life in paradise!
Please focus on that wonderful truth. When the hustle and bustle begin to overwhelm you … STOP!
Pause … and remember God’s reason for the season. If you surrender to the retailers’ reason for the season, you’ve missed the true value … and meaning of God’s gift to you.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 (bold mine)
My friends, while you’re busy giving … please … take time to receive …and believe!