Good morning everyone,
What are your memories of Christmas and are they good or bad? For me, Christmas has evolved into a time of year that I reflect on how my relationship is doing with my Lord and Savior. It is a time that I have to spend with those friends that truly enjoy the celebration of His birth! It use to be a time that I sort of dreaded because the focus was more about giving and receiving gifts and after the fanfare, there was a lot missing. Luke 1:35 reminds us who we should celebrate about. 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.' It is good to know that if the focus is in the right place, it leaves you with a sense of why we were made the way we are! Giving and receiving is good as long as you keep Christ in the center of the event. To truly give a loved one a gift from your heart is a beautiful thing. Just remember, it is not about how much you spend; it is about giving something to someone because you care about them. Whether it be a friend or family that you buy something for this year, listen to their needs. It could simply be spending time with that person and showing that you care. Do something out of the ordinary this year and be available to have a conversation that will last all year long! Christmas is really about giving your heart and loving folks right where they are. To love as Christ is by far the most awesome gift you can give and by far the best gift anyone will ever receive!
Your brother in Christ,