It’s that time of year again.  My FAVORITE time of year and most definitely my favorite seasonCHRISTMAS!

 

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for the sappy Hallmark movies, the decorations, the nonstop Christmas carols on the radio and the shiny objects that can be found all over starting immediately after Halloween.

I believe the underlying spirit of Christmas is love.  It’s when the best comes out in people. When a higher ideal takes over and goodwill towards men is silently translated in action and deed.

The nightly news posts stories of food pantry’s feeding people and toy drives for the needy.  And we LOVE to see those stories don’t we?  It’s nice to see something positive and uplifting every once in a while since the mass mind control media typically spreads doom and gloom 24/7.

We all want to see that there is still good in the world.  That there are good people doing selfless things.  That there is still charity and love bonding us together.

BE THE CHANGE YOUR WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

It’s only when we take personal responsibility to BE the change that the message of love is translated to others.

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN

Is a call to action.  “Your light” is really the light of Christ.  Let the light of Christ shine before men is the spirit of that scripture and after all isn’t the whole point of Christmas to celebrate Christ?  I mean His name is in the word!  Christmas Is a holiday (HOLYday) to acknowledge the brith of the one who is the author of love and the light of the world.

It is a time when we become more self sacrificing and put the needs of others before our own.  It is the time when we get together with the ones we love and lavish our affections giving gifts and breaking bread.

We all want to make epic memories at Christmas.  If you’re a parent you want the best possible Christmas for your kids.  If you’re a grandparent you want the whole family together, if you’re a kid you want P-R-E-S-E-N-T-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know how we became so politically correct taking Christ out of Christmas by X-ing him out (Xmas).  I don’t know why we say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  But since I am called to let my light shine before men I am bold about my faith.

The best decision I ever made was accepting Jesus as my savior.  It was a decision that has cataclysmically changed the course of my life for the better and I have seen fruit from my relationship with the one who made me every single day for the past 20+ years.

CHRISTMAS IS IN YOUR HEART

I am spending my first Christmas abroad.  My parents are both gone now and I have no immediate family within three thousand miles of me so I am spending Christmas in Eastwood.  And MAN I am excited!  I have learned to redefine the word family in this the fall of my life and to embrace people and relationships God has drawn into it wherever I find myself.

I pray this Christmas you make epic memories.  That you would be in the moment, take the mental snapshots and don’t sweat the little things.  Lead with love this Christmas and say the things that matter to the ones that matter most.  Don’t let shyness or fear keep you from telling people how much you love them or how much they mean to you.  Allow yourself to be uncomfortable and even a little corny.

You never remember entire days, you remember moments.  Make each moment count this Christmas and be thankful for just how blessed you truly are.

I’m going to be unapologetically politically incorrect and wish you a……..