Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy day after Christmas!!!

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas yesterday!! I trust that everyone got to spend at least a little time with family or friends or both!!

I also hope that we do not leave the Truth about Christmas behind until next December 25. Christmas is not simply just a day- Christmas is an attitude of the heart.

What is Christmas to you? Is it just about gifts and Santa and food? Or is it about Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us? Having a Christmas kind of heart is about remembering daily how God sent His only Son to earth as a baby, how He grew up living a sinless life, and how He laid down His life and died on a cross in YOUR place. And, happily, how He rose from the grave three days later so that YOU could have FORGIVENESS of YOUR sins!!

For those of you that are born again Christians, is this how YOU live? Truly, are you more focused on The Baby in the manger or how many returns you need to make today? Are you more focused on growing in His image, being holy because He is holy, dying to yourself, or are you more focused on how much "stuff" you received on your Christmas list? Be honest.

For those of you who are not Christians, may I challenge you to read the Bible? Start in John (one of my favorite books!!) and just read. Look for Christians in your life and start asking them questions about the Word. Maybe you could even visit church and talk with the pastor about what it is exactly that being a Christian is all about. And what exactly is this "sin" that you seem to have and why do you need forgiveness? :)

I pray that everyone has a blessed weekend. Jesus truly IS the Reason for the Season


Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm said...

Me too, me too! I truly hope that people carry this season with them throughout the year!

I'd love it if you visited me! :)

Heather Anne said...

Happy Boxing Day Mrs. U! We are quietly enjoying a wet rainy day - thunderstorms even! It's quite an oddity for the day after Christmas for me - I prefer snow!It is nice just to enjoy one another and rest after all of the hustle and bustle! We are hoping to keep the heart of Christmas each and every day in the coming year - remembering that Christ came to be our Savior and Redeemer! Our hearts are overflowing with praise!

Unknown said...

We attended the Candlelight Service at church on Christmas Eve. The pastor commented on how Jesus died for our sins, the true meaning of the day and our families and loved ones. I really felt inspired and was so glad that we attended.

Charree said...

This is such a nice post. It is so important to keep the spirit of Christmas (the joy of God) all year long. Have a great weekend!



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