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it’s the most wonderful time of the the year…

Those words are from one of my favorite Christmas songs, by one of my favorite Christmas singers – Andy Williams.

…with the bells “jingle-belling…”I have been accused of being ADD. Something shiny catches my eye, or a jingling of a little bell can draw me away immediately. The problem is, when we take our spirit eyes off of the real meaning of Christmas, it doesn’t look so wonderful. When we see the gifts under the tree, it seems wonderful until the gift becomes outdated, outgrown or worn-out.  When we see the glitter of Christmas, it seems wonderful until the needles fall off the tree or the lights burn-out.  And while those Christmas traditions spark a warm-fuzzy feeling down inside, they cannot satisfy long term.  They are temporal at best.  But a little Baby that came to a dark, cold Bethlehem barn brings eternal satisfaction to our existence.

…and everyone telling you “be of good cheer…”  If it were only that simple!  James writes, in his letter, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?”  Telling someone to “cheer up” without giving them a source of cheer, is like telling someone to be warm and full without giving them a source of heat or a source of sustenance. People today really don’t have much to “be of good cheer” about until someone has introduced them to Jesus Christ.  While the song has a good message, it is not enough for me to look into the face of people who live without hope, and say “cheer up!”  How arrogant would that seem to be to them?  But, if I show them, through my hope-filled life, that Jesus brings cheer to my life and circumstances, would that not instill within them the desire to know Him as well?  And in coming to know Him, the result is them finding “cheer” – hope, peace and joy.

You know, when we have made room for Christ in our hearts, and we fully understand the real Christmas message, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Remember the Reason of Christmas, and share Him with everyone the Father allows to cross your path.  The most wonderful gift you can share this Christmas is the Gift of God – Christ in you, the hope of glory!

Merry CHRISTmas!

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