“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Trees and lights are going up everywhere. Shopping malls are filled with Christmas music and smiling faces. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” ….Yes, it’s the week after Thanksgiving! The anticipated wait is over. Christmas season is finally here.
Oh what fun it is! At least for a couple of weeks, right?
Let’s face it. By Christmas Day, most of us lose our joy to society’s ideal that all must be perfect to be merry and bright. We tend to get too stressed preparing for gatherings with family and friends. We are always worried about the house being perfectly decorated, all the right foods on the menu, perfect gifts, etc. As a result, we can find ourselves too tired to enjoy the day, and just ready for it to be over.
And we know the truth. All the frills and trying to make the day all perfect is not necessary. JESUS, the guest of honor is already there. He sees our imperfections and still loves us perfectly. Our guests should see the warmth and joy of Jesus through our hospitality, shining brighter than any string of Christmas lights or candle centerpieces.
God sent his son Jesus to save us. So as we plan, shop, and prepare our houses this month, let’s examine each step and find its significance in celebrating the birth of our Savior. We will find, most will be trifling insignificance.
Let’s not sweat the small stuff this month. Let’s ask to God help us prepare for each day. Let’s ask HIM to open our eyes and hearts to JESUS and every unique blessing He has prepared for us, now and on Christmas Day. And let’s give HIM the honor and glory for it all!