Friday, December 17, 2010
Where is our focus?
There are many things that people look forward to and enjoy at Christmas time. There are the numerous Christmas cookies to bake, the beautiful lights and decorations to put up, the trimming of the Christmas tree, Christmas cards to send out, presents to buy, family gatherings...and the list could go on and on. You know the drill at Christmas time; we all rush around trying to get everything done on our many lists, and seemingly forget what all the celebrating is even about. Or more importantly, WHO all the celebrating is about... I know we've all heard this before too--Keep Jesus as the reason for the Season...but have we REALLY done that? In my own life, I know that a lot of my Christmas Season is taken up with preparing and planning for the Church Christmas program, Candlelight Service, Caroling, teen functions, and all these "legitimate" things... but even though they are "legitimate", and yes, even good things that need to be accomplished, we must keep our focus on WHY we are doing them. If my focus is strictly on doing all these "things" for our Church.... my focus is in the wrong place. It is difficult in the busyness of the Season to allow our focus to blur; but let's all (me definately included!) try to keep our focus on the ONE who truly deserves our praise and adoration. Jesus came to earth as a newborn baby nearly 2,000 years ago. Why? So that He could grow up experiencing life as we do with all of its heartache, temptations, joys, and triumphs; and ultimately to pay the price for our sins. He gave ALL for us. Let's give our ALL to Him this Christmas Season! He deserves above and beyond all that we could give Him!