It's Christmas Eve morning at my home. The countdown to Christmas is nearly done. Just one last day to pick up a few more gifts, wrap a few presents and prepare for tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to Christmas, but in reality it's just another day on the calendar. It's simply December 25th.
If I put all my emphasis on December 25th being a "perfect" day, I will have missed the point.
If I stress out over whether everyone loves the gifts I bought, I will have missed the point.
If I get impatient with my loved ones because they aren't helping me clean up, I will have missed the point.
If I put more care into my dinner than my dinner companions, I will have missed the point.
What is the point?
That God loved me enough to leave the majesty of heaven and come to the humility of earth.
That God took on the form of a baby and grew into a man so that I could really, really get to know Him.
That Jesus throughout His entire life, not just the day of His birth, introduced me to a new way to live in the Kingdom of God - loving others and giving up my "rights" to serve God and others.
That Jesus paid the ultimate price of His life, so that the price would be paid for MY sin.
That I can now look forward to eternity with God, and my sisters and brothers in Christ.
Tomorrow will be a nice day, but it's really just a day to remember all of this, and recommit to living my life draped in the truth of it all.
So if it's not a perfect day, at least it's all in honor of a perfect God.
My prayer for you is that the quiet of the manger stills your heart in the midst of your busy day, that the song of the angels fills your mouth with praise, and that the joy of Jesus rests on you and fills your heart throughout the year.
In His Love,