“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”” -John 3:3 NLT
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us also celebrate our rebirth into eternal life! That is, after all, why He came – to give those who would believe in Him, eternal life. He blesses us with a spiritual rebirth; a new heart, new purpose, new attitude. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” -2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT. He makes all things new.
As crunch time approaches, especially, let’s remember who we are in Christ. Let’s not revert back to the old patterns of impatience, grumbling, and complaining. It’s a challenge, believe me, I know. Christmas is less than ten days away and there’s still so much to do! Keep re-evaluating when you get stressed. Not every gift has to be wrapped perfectly and exquisitely, not every decoration has to have twinkle lights, and not every person you’ve ever met will hate you forever if they don’t get a Christmas card.
When we take our eyes off of what we are really celebrating, even if you’re not a believer and your celebration is centered around the season and family, we get stressed out. Do the kids really care if everything is not perfect? My kids don’t. They’d rather have a happy mom than all the fancy trimmings. When it comes down to it, spending peaceful, quality time with loved ones is what most people really want. There are always exceptions, but that’s for another post.
We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for! Not only the birth of our Savior – the actual reason for the season, but our own rebirth, should we choose to accept it.
Wishing you a Christmas full of life!