Posted by: mikenicholsblog | November 30, 2009

ask yourself

Thanksgiving tends to be the holiday of too much. Too much turkey, too much clean up (wives), too much football (husbands), too much relatives (oops) and then it is back to work before the next big holiday arrives. And then one month from today, there will be too much lamenting about too much spending. Seriously, this wonderful time of the year moves by at such a pace, the depth of meaning is lost in the rush. By now you are back to the weekly routine, and I trust you have a sense of gratitude for the blessings experienced last week. Captured in your mind should be the moment in time the Father gave you to have hugs, laughter, smiles and some tears with those closest to you. But what now? At church you will hear, “don’t miss the reason for the season.” Although true joy and gratitude should rise up in our hearts for the greatest of all gifts, Jesus Christ, it is still a struggle to capture the essence of “the reason for the season.” There are gifts to buy, parties to attend and then more gifts to buy and more parties to attend. Does “too much” ring a bell?

And while we are speaking about gifts, if you really want to have nice ones, they have to be wrapped properly … right?!  Probably, you have already scheduled some Christmas programs to attend that will help give a sense of clarity on the “reason” for all the celebrating. Make no mistake, we all enjoy the celebratory atmosphere between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But in the midst of what we fear will be too much activity, we can actually celebrate the birth of our Savior, and celebrate it fully!

Matthew 1:21-23
She will give birth to a son, and you are
to give him the name Jesus, because he
will save his people from their sins. All
this took place to fulfill what the Lord
had said through the prophet: “The virgin
shall be with child and will give birth to
a son, and they will call him Immanuel”
-which means, “God with us.”

There have been times in my life where good intentions of celebrating the Savior’s birth came up short. Looking at the well-known verses above can give us a sense of how to make this year especially meaningful. God gave mankind a gift, so that God could be with us. It changed history, and gave us a Savior. Perhaps the best way to enjoy the “season” this year, is to pattern our heart after that of our Father. Giving was at the core of what He did for mankind. And while we could never give in its proportion, we can certainly give in a spirit of obedience to that priceless gift.

Ask yourself the question, “how can the Father use me to give this Christmas?” Would the Father have you lead your family in a project to meet someone’s needs? Of one thing I am sure, you want the meaning of His birth to resonate through your actions this “season.” There is a “too much” that really fits the season that we are entering, and it’s too much … giving.   This is the “too much” that will never birth regret.


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