I always get blasphemous around Christmas, I can’t help myself – so rather than embracing the Christmas Spirit like a good religious zombie, I’m gonna get a little righteous up in here.
Why do we care so much about the birth of Christ?
We are so distracted all the glitzy drama of the birth story that we forget about the miracle of Christ Himself. It seems that a lot of the stories about Jesus are these glittery bookends that completely miss the point of the mysteries and challenges that Jesus laid down for his followers to act on. Jesus called the people of his day to radical ways of living that flew in the face of pretty much everything that the world was telling them to do. And they carry down through the centuries even into this modern era with more relevance than ever. Talk about miracles – for something to hold true and worthy over thousands of years is amazing.
In this time of buy, buy, buy, Jesus would be saying, “Give yourself, give yourself, give your love, give your attention, your focus, the healing love of your hands and body and heart and mind”
Basically, Jesus calls us to get real with others, and to act compassionately, honestly, directly with those around us
Do you want to give a simple gift that might be remembered for years? Try this: share with somebody the positive impact that they have had on your life.
Give them the gift of knowing what they have done for you. Get real with those around you and share your heart. You can keep it really authentic by speaking from your own experience and to speak into what has resulted in your life because of who they are, what they have done…anything that has really affected you. It is one gift that you can give that is just straight from the heart. It is no charge to you or them, and I think it will really bless people around you. So that is my hope for you this holiday season. Merry Christmas!
If you want a sentence stem to work with to get the conversation going – try one of these:
Whenever you do ____ I feel ______
Remember when you ______? My life is different now because ________
Just then when you _____, I felt _______