The season arrives. Faster, it seems, than the year before. Hearts leap for the sweet-smelling trees, sparkling lights, and magic in children’s eyes. But grueling traffic, long shopping lines and financial pressure come along with that, too. Our hearts may ache as we miss loved ones or acknowledge unfulfilled dreams. We make plans, attend parties, it goes on and on. All the while, we have a nagging feeling that our eye is off the ball. That there’s something missing. We know somewhere inside that it’s about more than the presents, decorations, and rushing around. It may even be about more than the food and family gatherings. We know we’re supposed to, but no matter how much we try, it’s hard to keep Christ in Christmas.
Why is this true? We’re human, I guess. We get sidetracked and simply make it about other things. So, let me suggest something different this year.
Make it about you.
Yes, you read that correctly. Make this Christmas about little ole you. Why am I suggesting this? Let me explain.
It has been said that Jesus is the reason for the season. Many of us strive to keep this in mind. But it’s challenging as the month marches on. So, ask yourself this question: Why is Jesus “the reason?” Think about it. I know it seems obvious. It’s because of what He accomplished for you. This little baby was born and grew up to be the man who died on the cross. He was human. He experienced pain, betrayal, exhaustion. But why? For YOU. So, admit it. This is really about you in the end. Your acceptance, freedom, redemption. God’s reason for this season…is you. Through His Son, God gets you. And you were worth it all! What if Christmas was defined in your life this way from now on? Pretty powerful, huh? Would it make you live differently? I sure hope so.
I’ve often wished that every day of December I had a reminder of who Jesus is to me. Many of us have an Advent calendar of sorts, but I’ve always wanted something more personal. Well, I’ve created one for us! Twenty-five days of God’s Word reminding us of who Jesus is. My hope is that by reflecting on these daily reminders you will realize that Jesus is not only the reason for the season, but that you, my friend, are His reason for coming into the world. Your joy, peace, encouragement, healing, strength, courage, forgiveness are the reasons, and you can experience this every day of your life!
Jesus loves you. He understands you. Most importantly, He knows your Heavenly Father. He knows the plans He has for your life. And He knows what is waiting for you in Heaven. So why don’t you let go of the desire to push through the holidays or perform to everyone’s liking, and instead make this Christmas about you. Make it about how God’s Gift can change your life.
And think about this…While we are celebrating the birth of our Savior on Christmas Day, could our Savior be celebrating us? Does He remember the moment He died for you and smile for what awaits in your future? Could He be beaming as He remembers the moment you invited Him into your heart? I believe so. Or maybe He’s still waiting for you. He knows you’ve been going your own way, but still has hope you will accept what He has offered. Maybe He prays you will one day realize that He is the reason for the season because you were His reason for being born!
So, enjoy the magic of Santa with the little ones in your life. Celebrate family and friends at your dinner table. Be grateful for presents both given and received. But more importantly, as you awake on Christmas morning, remember the greatest gift ever given…Jesus Christ the baby, born to save little ole you. What does God treasure on Christmas? Look in the mirror, that’s what. His love for you. The promise of a future with you in His Kingdom. This Child was sent to enable this. This is the reason! YOU are the reason!
If you would like to receive 25 days of Jesus this Christmas season, you have two choices:
1. Print out the link and cut out the cards. You can post them in your home or carry them with you all day. They can be used in your morning devotional. You can bring them out at dinner time to share with your family or pray with them with your loved ones at night.
2. Sign up to receive daily emails for 25 days in December.