Christmas wasn't always a celebration of Jesus for me. Christmas was about love; it was about family; it was about peace on earth and good will toward men. All these things are good things. But, I first understood the true meaning of Christmas 10 years ago, when I made a choice to follow the teachings and the love of Jesus. My life attitude has been very different since then and many of my life activities have changed. I wouldn't say that life is easier, in fact, in many ways it's more difficult as I wrestle down my faults and do my best to show God's love through my actions. I still have many challenges and struggles and I am very humanly flawed, but I know that I am not doing it alone. My struggles are building my character and teaching me about faith. God provides me with His guidance through it all (hopefully I'm listening) and I frequently find myself leaning on Him for support during the trials of life. I am ever grateful that I can put my life in His hands knowing that He sees the bigger picture and has ultimate and intimate understanding of my thoughts and experiences.
What is the true meaning of Christmas in your life? I know that everyone does not believe the same as I do. I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on this season... Is it about the presents under the tree? I love the tradition of giving and receiving and being thankful... Or is it more about spending time with the ones you love, making amends, maybe offering grace for their shortcomings (we all have them), and showing them how much you love them and how grateful you are for having them in your life? ... Or maybe you struggle at Christmastime. Maybe it brings with it a sadness; some loneliness, maybe some bitterness. I hope not. I hope that you will find peace this season. I hope you will find joy. I hope that you will discover a deeper meaning, far beyond the commercialism which envelopes our Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas to you and yours wherever you are. I wish you peace and joy at this special time of year.