It’s hard to believe that it’s only a few short weeks until Christmas! It’s one of my favorite holidays, but, at the same time, it always makes me sad to think of how commercialized it’s become. It also frustrates me that I get into that mindset so easily. Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with family and exchange gifts, but suddenly it seems like that’s all I’m thinking about. What am I going to ask for this Christmas? What gifts am I going to give my family? While browsing online, it seems like everything is screaming, “Let us help you find the perfect gift! Shop here for the best holiday deals!” And, of course, in a country where we race (along with millions of other people) to the stores in the middle of the night to get the best deals, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
I’m not writing this to remind you what the true meaning of Christmas is. Because, to be honest, we all know. The problem is that we have a hard time remembering it, a hard time keeping Jesus at the center of the holiday that’s named after Him. We get caught up in wish lists and late night shopping, and we forget about the One who came into the world on that starry night to give us life.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the craziness of the season, remember why we, as Christians, celebrate. Remember the One who loved you enough to die for you. And give thanks.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. -Corrie ten Boom