Linus’s age old adage rings as true now as it did 50 years ago! Linus recites Luke 2, then concludes with the refrain, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!”.
Christmas is about Jesus. It’s about celebrating God’s greatest gift to us, salvation through nothing else but faith in His Son. It’s way too easy to get sidetracked into thinking it’s about the decorations and gifts. You know, those hundred gifts on your list. “What?” you say. “I don’t have a hundred gifts on my list!” Umm, count again. Include teachers, bosses, neighbors, friends, children, stocking stuffers….yep, you’ve got a hundred! See what I mean about sidetracked?
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m right in here with you….like forgetting about our Jesse tree and instead getting started on those shopping trips. And only reading the real Christmas story because my daughters had a party for my ‘grandboys’ last week! ‘Tis true…but when I read to those wondering eyes, when I saw the intent on their faces, I remembered again. This truly is the reason for the season. And it is our job, our duty, to make sure everyone knows what we believe and in Whom we believe!
Won’t you join me in relishing in the tinsel and holly and glitter, but not forgetting that simple, cold manger so many years ago? The shear beauty of God’s gift of everlasting life, brought to us in the tiny frame of a babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Encouragement and ideas to renew your sense of purpose this season:
– My daughter works at a thrift store, but it’s not just any thrift shop! This one uses the store’s proceeds to feed the hungry in our community. Check out your local ministries to discover how you can help the needy this year. People are cold, hungry, lonely, sick. What can we do to be Jesus’s hands of mercy to them?
– Tiny Tim is a name most people know. Learn how to share God’s love from his simple pronouncement to those around him.
– Here’s a great way to bless those in need this year! It’s so easy to pass by those in need along the road. What if we were prepared for those meetings by having a care bag of goodies to hand the homeless? We will never have an excuse to look the other way.
– Some people ask the question, Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? Yes, there are some who proclaim that Christmas is only for pagans and just a copycat of idol worship. My post helps to understand why it’s a good thing to celebrate. Choose for yourselves….but as for me and my house, we will celebrate the Lord!
I’m sure there are many other ways we can remember what Christmas is all about. Let’s share ideas – leave a comment of things your family does to celebrate or share God’s love this time of year!
Happy Holy Day & Merry Christ-mas one and all!
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:16-20