ROOTED IN LOVE ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT
With the holidays here already, I find it hard not to get in the spirit. There’s so much to be excited about! Stockings and presents and Santa, oh my!
I love listening to Christmas music while I work around the house, and I have to admit that I have an affinity for Hallmark movies too. I also love the gentle glow of the Christmas tree during the dark and quiet evenings….well, at least after the kids go to bed it gets quiet. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all the glitz and glam of the commercial side of Christmas. Especially when we have little kids whose eyes light up brighter than a thousand Christmas lights at just the mention of presents. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making it festive and fun! But we have to remember the real reason for the season, and we must make sure our children know the reason as well.
In case you don’t know the true meaning of Christmas, here it is in a nutshell. God wanted to rescue His people from their sinful ways, and the only way to do that was through a perfect atoning sacrifice.
That sacrifice was His Son, Jesus, who was born in a stable as a humble baby. When He grew up, He gave His life for us on the Cross, taking the punishment for our sins. And after three days, He rose again and ascended to His Father. This means that we can spend eternity with Him in heaven, as long as we give our hearts to Him. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. If you want to learn more about it, check out the book of Luke in your Bible.
It’s okay to get excited about presents and Santa and parties. Those are fun things at any age! But the most important gift we can give our children is the gift of faith. It’s vitally important that we teach them about Jesus and how He gave us the gift of life. That’s what Christmas is all about, and without that we would have no reason to celebrate. He is the reason for the season, and He should be the reason for our joy.
No Christmas tree or perfectly wrapped present
can compare to the beauty of His ultimate gift.
Let’s go out and enjoy those holiday festivities, but make sure they aren’t our focus. Let’s make Jesus a conversation point in our homes. Let’s make traditions that involve the Christmas story. It could be getting the family together to make a nativity scene, or it could be as simple as reading about Jesus’ birth in the Bible. Whatever it is, let’s don’t forget why we celebrate.
And finally, let’s be joyful!
We’ve been given the greatest gift of all.