Christmas every day…

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”

Eric Severeid

Just how amazing would life be if we lived with this spirit every day of the year? Why don’t we? What would it take to live out the spirit of Christ’s second commandment in our daily lives?

‘And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

If we live with this as our daily focus then it truly could be Christmas every day. How different would our lives be then?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.”

Helen Keller

The joy and power of the gift that we celebrate today is beyond all measure and comprehension. I hope and pray that everyone can find the true joy of Christmas in their heart today and keep it forever.

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

What it is about…

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” 

Calvin Coolidge

It’s not about gifts, it is about giving…

It’s not about me, it’s about others…

It’s not about being right, it’s about being together…

It’s not about us, it’s about Him…

Tell me how this doesn’t apply the other 364 days of the year? Merry Christmas Eve!

The joy of giving…

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.”

B.C. Forbes

This quote reminds of two verses that I was studying this morning.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” 1 Corinthians 10:24

It is easy to forget with all the hype in today’s world that through Christmas we are celebrating an eternal gift received by giving to others thoughtfully and without a focus on ourselves. Today I am committed to focusing not on the tasks or shopping lists, but on the pure joy of giving to others.

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