Admit it..no matter how many shopping sprees you have been on this Holiday season you probably feel like you are missing the perfect gift to give this Christmas (shout out to those who have completed their lists by the way!). But I think we all know that no matter how much stuff we get, we can’t escape the feeling that there is something more and you are right!
If I can be honest with you for a moment, part of me has just wanted to have this Christmas season hurry up and be over. You have no idea how much it pains me to write those words! I’m all about some gingerbread baking, eggnog drinking, and Christmas movie marathons (insert Buddy the Elf jokes here 😉 ). However, it just doesn’t feel the same for some reason.
I know the true meaning of Christmas but I find it so hard to meditate on that when the world is screaming more, more, more. If it’s even possible, Christmas gets more and more commercialized every year. I kid you not, I heard a commercial on the radio say something about Thanksgetting instead of Thanksgiving during the Black Friday rush. I mean, what is that?
Like the Whos in Whoville, we get so wrapped up in what to get and who to please that we forget to reach out and help others in a season that can be in a word, depressing.
No matter how many happy songs or played or how many presents given this time of year there are some people that are hurting. And news flash, a beautifully wrapped present won’t magically take their problems away.
Like it or not, there are Grinches everywhere. But when you truly think about the Grinch you realize that he is like that saying “Hurt people hurt people.” He saw through the hypocrisy of gift giving and the painted smiles. Now, he was wrong for stealing gifts from every Who but he wanted to see that if thier gifts were taken away if there would be any happiness left.
This reminds me of the first part of John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” The enemy wants nothing more than to rob people of joy and happiness. However, by staying in the Word and talking with your Heavenly Father you can be like the last part of John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Does this mean that everything is going to be perfect? Absolutely not! John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you WILL have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We all know the ending of the Grinch. Even though there were no presents when the Whos woke up that morning and the Grinch looked greedily down there believing he had finally won he was shocked to see that they stood hand in hand and celebrating just being together. He realized then that “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas..perhaps..means a little bit more.”
And if we are children of God, we know that it means a lot more than that! So this holiday season, look to see if you can give a “little bit more”. Maybe it’s your time. Maybe it’s your advice. Maybe it’s just a smile. Just remember that Jesus came so that we can be a light into the world and draw others to him. This is seen in our actions, not heard in our words. And honestly, what better gift is there to give our Savior than loving others just as He did?
Maybe if we do this it will indeed feel like Christmas all the time. The way the true meaning of Christmas was meant to be all along.
Merry Christmas to everyone!! 🙂