Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Christmas time is here...
Is this just a nice Christmas story that gives us pause? Do people realize that this was only the beginning of a long, drawn out plan that God initiated out of love for humanity? What good does it do, to get the warm fuzzies over a nativity scene, when Jesus simply remains a babe in our hearts? What good does it do to give a child that $500 latest video console, when they have not a clue as to why you gave it? Why DID you give it? In hopes of them thinking you're the best parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle ever? Was it out of love seeing their eyes light up? Was it because they would nag you to death until you gave in? The gift really isn't the issue, whether it cost .05 cents or $500. The issue, I suppose, would be the motivation. The reason behind the giving.
I say, give a gift when it isn't Christmas. Not a birthday, not a Mother's Day, Father's Day, any other day... give a gift, just because. The gift doesn't even have to be store bought. Maybe it's a word of encouragement. Maybe pick up the tab of some stranger when you go out to eat. Maybe it's reading to the elderly who can't really see well enough to read.
Maybe, just maybe... the gift can be to yourself. Don't keep Jesus in the manger, please. Recognize that He grew out of the manger, and allowed himself to be beaten beyond recognition on your behalf. Recognize that it was sheer love that kept him on the cross. Recognize that you, along with the entire humanity, have been reconciled. No permission from us needed. Recognize that now that we've been reconciled (forgiven) we have the wonderful opportunity to receive what He REALLY wants to give us. Eternal Life.
Anything else is just...