by Tim Howard
Since Christmas is only four days away, I’m sure
you’ve heard those two well-known words within the past few weeks: Merry Christmas! Some folks like to use
the phrase Happy Holidays,
which suggests it’s a time to celebrate for a variety of reasons.
I like the phrase Merry Christmas because it
keeps the name of Christ prominent and helps me remember that He is the central
reason for all our festivities and frivolity. After all, it is His birthday we
A Doctor by the name of Luke reminds us of the
reason behind our celebration in his book, recorded in the Bible. He explains:
The angel of the Lord said to some Shepherds…Listen closely, I bring you good
news, the most joyous news the world has ever heard and it is for everyone
everywhere! For today in Bethlehem, there has been born for you a Savior, who
is Christ the Lord.’
That’s not only good news, that’s great news!
The very fact that God decided to live among us reveals His great love and
gives us a reason to celebrate. He came to help us be victorious and not
victims, to defeat evil rather than be defeated by evil, to empower us to love
rather than hate and treat others the way we want to be treated… His love for
us is incomprehensible and beyond comparison.
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Because God is
with us! His presence among us brings hope and joy and is good news to the ears
of those who will believe. By the way, did you notice that Luke said: “Jesus
came for everyone and not just a few?”
Unfortunately, many have lost sight of the real
purpose behind the Christmas celebration. Too often it becomes a burden to endure rather than a blessing to be experienced.
Here are a few ‘WHAT IF’ questions I‘ve been
asking myself as I walk through this Christmas season.
What would happen if people returned to the real
meaning of Christmas?
What if we put more emphasis on His presence in our midst rather
than presents under
What if God and others became our highest
priority rather than ourselves?
What if we loved people the way God loves us?
What if we gave more of ourselves and invested
our time in others rather than spending more money and going into debt?
Maybe we would make a greater difference in the
lives of those we touch.
Maybe we would have more money in our pockets
and more life in our hearts at the end of the season. Maybe, just maybe we
would see more peace on earth and goodwill toward mankind.
At the very least we would genuinely have a