You are now officially running out of time. Christmas is coming in just a few short days.
The stores are running out of those "have to have" items. Traffic is beyond brutal.
Sweet little old ladies have no problem running you down with their shopping cart to get that last smoked turkey breast. Merry Christmas! Joy to the world!
So why do I love Christmas? Why is Christmas still my favorite holiday? With all the stress and pressure it can bring, why do I start looking forward to it as soon as the new year kicks in?
It has taken me a while, but I think I have come up with the answer. I love Christmas because it forces me to remember how important I am to God.
God became flesh for me through the baby Jesus. He experienced poverty, pain, ridicule, hunger, and thirst, for me.
Because of Christmas I can never say, "You have no idea what I am going through," to God in prayer. God valued me enough to get involved. He valued me enough to walk the dirty road of humanity. Jesus' life represents a God who would say; do as I did, not do as I say.
When I am reminded of the value he places on me, it helps me want to be the best I can be. I try to live fully aware that every day is a gift. It seems to help me place more value on the things that are really important.
The second reason I love Christmas is because I am selfish. Can I be anymore honest? Yes, I love the presents but that is not why I love Christmas. I love Christmas because for one day I get to be "the man."
I get to give my kids the gift I always wanted to have. I get to be responsible for the light that flickers in their eyes when they open that gift they have been dreaming about.
I get to give my wife something she would never buy herself. Did I tell you I get to be "the man?" For a few brief hours, money is not an object, time stands still and I stand on my pedestal as the ultimate father and husband.
I have come to realize that Christmas means more to me, as I get older. It helps me encounter those feelings of selflessness I wish I possessed all year long. It helps me understand to some degree the level of passion God feels toward me.
It also reminds of the passage of scripture in Matthew 7:11, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" When I process the joy I receive when I give, it uncovers the father's heart in me and helps me grasp a small piece of the love that is in God's heart for me.
If I get excited about blessing my family, and I am as fallible as they come, how much more passionate is God about me? After all, God is love. Thankfully, I am starting to realize that more and more everyday.
I wish you a very merry Christmas. When you celebrate this season it is my hope that you remain fully aware of how passionate God is about you. I hope you will get an opportunity to give the perfect gift and in that moment, realize the gift you have been given. The gift God has given us all is free, but it is also priceless. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Gordon Mularski is senior pastor of Treasure Coast Community Church, which meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, located at 2875 N.W. Goldenrod Road, in Jensen Beach.
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