The Lord is my Light and my Salvation;
To start off the beginning of Christmas season I would like to address all the “ba-hum-bug” people and those who keep company with them.
I have read on Facebook and other social media here lately as well as overheard conversations of people who say “let’s skip Christmas”, “I hate this time of year”, or simply just “ugh” at the thought of Christmas. This really makes me sad for all those people. Obviously our society’s perspective of Christmas has tainted their attitudes and robbed them of the “most wonderful time of the year”!
We get so caught up in Black Friday, Cyber Monday, bargains, sales, and spending money that most of us don’t have, and Christmas and Thanksgiving get convoluted with all the wrong things. For example, on Thanksgiving we don’t take the time to rest and relax and enjoy family and friends or just down time much less think about and meditate on all we should be thankful to our Lord for, instead we grumble about cooking, complain about what we don’t have, argue with family or friends we don’t get along with and/or gossip and try to solve others’ problems. Is that the way to start off “the most wonderful time of the year?”
Yes we all like to receive gifts and most of us like to give them, but should it be a chore? Something done out of obligation instead of a cheerful heart? Even though gift giving consumes this time of year let me encourage you and all the “ba-hum-buggers” to retrain your thinking so that your perspectives get properly prioritized.
First and foremost the joy for this season comes from the celebration and worship of the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus!! Imagine how He feels when people say “skip Christmas”, or “I hate this time of year”, or forbidding the word “Christmas” to be used! It’s disrespect to our Lord!
Let the Christmas Lights remind you that Jesus is our light and he needs to be as bright in your life as the ones you see. Enjoy the gift giving, because God made us to be gift givers of a cheerful heart. Allow Christmas music to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Christmas music isn’t depressing, doesn’t have bad words, no negative message, it’s just happy!
And of course there is a lot of opportunity for romance during this season! Take advantage of snuggling by the fire, looking at the beautiful lights together, watching Christmas movies, or just enjoying some cider, hot chocolate, or yummy coffee in a nice quiet place and have that long overdue conversation of how thankful you are for your spouse (even if you don’t like them right now), and that Jesus came to set you both free from all that junk that makes a mess in your relationship. Re-purpose your attitude about Christmas! Follow a cheerful, joyful heart, cause Jesus is the Light!
For those of you who are going thru hard times, let the peace that Jesus brings calm your spirit and let him set you free from what your going thru right now!