I love this time of year. The Christmas trees, the lights, the decorations, the holiday food, the cool crisp air and people getting into the holiday spirit. This truly is the most wonderful time of year. My next few post are going to center on why I believe this is the most wonderful time of year. I hope this serves as a challenge to you to live these things out all year long.
I want to begin with what I consider to be one of the main reasons for this being the most wonderful time of the year. In my opinion it’s because people are more focused on Jesus. Drive around and it won’t take you very long before you will see a nativity scene in someone’s yard or a sign that reads, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” While it should happen more often, I am thankful that people spend this time of year focusing on our Savior. Paul tells us, “Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). I wish people lived this way all the time and not just during this time of year!
Unfortunately, there are some people today who have forgotten what this country was founded upon and are trying hard to remove Christianity altogether. Prayer has been taken out of schools, kids can no longer carry their Bibles around and read them during their free time and now some Americans feel as though saying, “Merry Christmas” is politically incorrect. Instead, we live in a society that wants us to say, “Happy Holidays.”
This truly disappoints me. What’s wrong with “Merry Christmas?” What’s wrong with our country believing in a savior? What’s wrong with people placing their focus upon the son of God? Although, I don’t believe Jesus was born on December 25th, I don’t have a problem with people celebrating His birth. In fact, I wish people would celebrate His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection every day because all are of great importance to our eternal destiny. Without His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection, we would have no hope. Friends, the focus that so many place upon Jesus during this time of year would do even more good if that same focus were seen year around.
To me, this is the most wonderful time of year because so many people place Christ where He belongs year around: at the center of their lives. This Christmas season celebrate not only the birth of Jesus, but the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus by placing Him at the center of your heart. Then live this way all day every day all year long.
Now that’s Something to Think About!