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Christmas Perspective

As a child I couldn’t wait until my birthday. Some reasons I couldn’t wait was because I was going to be a year older, but the main reason was that I was going to get lots of presents. I loved presents – well, I still love presents. As I’ve gotten older birthday’s aren’t as exciting as they used to be because I am getting a year older. It is kind of funny how our perspective changes the older we get. The same thing happens with Christmas. As a child we anticipate the presents we are going to receive and then as an adult we dread the presents we are going to have to buy. Wouldn’t it be great to be a child our whole life? I know some think that I am a child, but I do have a few adult tendencies. So why am I rambling on? Just to remind us that Jesus’ birthday is coming and we need to stop and determine what our perspective is on this special day.

We are so indoctrinated with gift giving on Christmas that I do not believe this tradition will ever be removed from our life, but I do believe that we need to focus more on the gift of Jesus rather that the gifts we are purchasing. We spend more time during this season trying to find the right gift for everyone that we don’t stop and think about the real reason for the season. My goal for this year and every year after this is to make sure that everyday in December I thank God for the gift he prepared for me on that first Christmas. That gift was the perfect gift of Jesus Christ who can do more than any of the most sophisticated gadgets we have today. Jesus is more powerful than anything, his power never needs recharged and he can supply all my needs. What a great gift! Yet, too many times we treat this gift like children do all the toys they get each Christmas. They play with them for a day and them into the toy box they go and they forget they are even there. That’s what we do with Jesus. When we receive Jesus as our Savior, he is the most exciting thing in our life, but soon he is just thrown into our “toy box” and we don’t think much about him until we need him to help us.

This Christmas I want to encourage all of us to take Jesus out of our “box” and make him important again in every aspect of our life. Maybe this Christmas you need to request a new relationship with this gift. God sent Jesus to us so that we could have hope and peace in a world that has no hope or peace.

Our world is a dangerous place today and it seems to get worse every day. I don’t want to live in this world without Jesus being the most important person in my life and I don’t want you to either. Make this Christmas a very special time by focusing not on the gifts we buy, but on the gift that was given on that first Christmas – the gift of Jesus Christ who offers peace, hope, and eternal life.

Pastor Rocky

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