It is my privilege to share with you today a guest post by prolific author and columnist, but above all phenomenal Christian woman, Carol Round. Carol’s blog provides consistent and thoughtful content that encourages me along my life journey, and provides questions and scriptures to ponder. Below is her post about the true meaning of the holiday season. While I’m in Brazil and the Christmas rush isn’t experienced as it is in the United States, it is always important to reflect this time of year and consider why we should truly be faithful.
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21 (NIV).
In all the rush to find the perfect gift and have the perfect Christmas, it is so easy to forget the only perfection was born to peasants in a dirty manger in a small obscure village over 2,000 years ago. He wasn’t born into a royal family but He is royalty indeed. He is our Jesus, the One who came so that we might have everlasting life.
John 3:16, the most often-quoted scripture in the Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
However, consumers, even Christians, have forgotten the true meaning of the most wonderful time of the year. Black Friday has led to Grey Thursday while some businesses tout a month-long cyber sale to lure people to part with their hard-earned dollars. The rush to get the best bargains on big-screen TVs and other electronics, soon to be obsolete when replaced with an upgrade, is leading to the demise of the traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration.
I wanted to share the following story I received via email. May it remind you “Who” started all this Christmas stuff and why we say, “Merry Christmas,” instead of “Happy Holidays.”
A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many experience during this season of the year: overwhelming pressure to go to every party and house warming, taste all the holiday food and treats, finding that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don’t forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.
Finally, the elevator doors opened. There was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her along with all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed, she couldn’t take it anymore and she stated, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot.”
From the back of the car, everyone heard a quiet, calm voice respond, “Don’t worry, we already crucified Him.”
For the rest of the trip down in the elevator, it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. This year, don’t forget to keep “the One who started this whole Christmas thing” in your every thought, deed and words. If we all did it, just think of how different this whole world would be.
Let God open your eyes and heart to the real beauty of this sacred season.
Coming soon: Carol’s new book, “Sola Fide: by FAITH alone.” For more inspiration, check out www.carolaround.com.