December 24, 2007

Christmas




Christmas... to some its just another holiday, to others its an excuse to have time off work, and to some folks its not even a day to take notice of anymore. Life has a way of tearing us down and keeping us there. The Christmas season is very difficult for many people because of troubles they've had through the year. Many can't afford to buy gifts because they don't have work. Some have lost loved ones on Christmas or just before while others are too disenchanted with all the commercialism and hypocrisy that goes on during this time of year.

So why am I speaking about so many depressing things on a day when every thought should be one of joy and peace? Because I think the real meaning of Christmas isn't feeling happy, getting or giving gifts, or even being with family and friends. To me, the meaning of Christmas means sacrifice, self sacrifice and honest, no-strings-attached help for others. Why is it that most of us only think about giving to the poor, or depressed, or lonely when its Christmas? Or if we do help, why is it that we do good deeds and expect no returns only once a year?




The story of a baby born to a virgin has been told for so many centuries and the power of its meaning has changed countless lives. But its getting buried under fairy tales of Santa Clause and reindeer. Does knowing about Santa Clause bring comfort to people who lost loved ones or jobs or relationships? I don't think so.
Although the story of a virgin becoming pregnant is one to raise interest it isn't that aspect of the story that impacts me the most. Its the part that tells how there is a God who saw this world and all the suffering in it and decided to come down to our level. It is the part that says He did it so that He could live as one of us and understand us more deeply.

The story explains that God accomplished this miracle by sending his most loved son, Jesus. And what makes this event so amazing for me is that Jesus did it willingly and with the knowledge that he would have to die to save us from our despair. His death and how it came to be is told and celebrated on Easter.

But Christmas... Christmas is the beginning of this incredible act of love. A God that can do anything, chooses to know us and save us just because He wants to love us for all eternity! If that isn't the greatest gift any world could ever receive than I don't know what is!

This is why I see Christmas as more than just having fun or feeling good or doing good deeds, because it is the day God made His move to prove how much He loves us. His action was one of self-sacrifice and the highest example of helping others with no strings attached. And I am so grateful, so thankful for what He did that I want everything I do, on Christmas day and every day, to reflect His love and sincerity.

Even the word Christmas has Jesus name in it, " Christ." The story is filled with detail and history proves many of the events having really taken place. The Bible has survived millennia not because it tells good stories, but because every time people try to prove it wrong they can't find proof of its contents being false. On the contrary.

But I'm getting off track. This Christmas I'm searching for ways to make a difference in someone else's life and my goal this coming year is to help as many lives as I possibly can. Its true that we can't always help folks financially but we can help in many other ways and sometimes money really isn't the best way to help anyhow. And I hope that each of you find deeper meaning and purpose in your lives. May each of you have peace even when the world is in chaos and may you find joy that rises above all your insecurities, loneliness, and worries.


Thank you also for reading all my ramblings this year! I look forward to sharing more next year and I hope I can be as much of an encouragement to each of you as you have been to me. Have a beautiful Christmas and God bless!


"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD" (Luke 2:11).

8 comments:

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks for this wonderful post on Christmas. Your words have challenged me to try to be more consistent about helping people through the whole year instead of just certain times of the year. Hope you had a blessed Christmas.

Sincerity said...

Hey there! Thank you for your kind words, I just tell things as I see them. :)

Helping others is always a challenge, isn't it? But nothing can beat the feeling of joy when we do it!

Have an awesome New Years and God bless!

algelic said...

I agree with you 100%.

I already did my share this Christmas. Spent a weekend gathering food for the poor, served food at a Christmas dinner for the homeless, donated money, etc.

I loved your post. :D

Sincerity said...

algelic:

Hey girl! You're a rare breed! Its not common for young people like us to be thinking about others so much, let alone doing stuff for them.

Keep it up! And thanks!

Sasha said...

hi Sincerity! Yes, it is interesting how it is so easy to only think about giving to others on Christmas (or Thanksgiving) - where people are in need always. I hope your Christmas went well and wish you the best for the New Year :)

Sincerity said...

sasha:

Thanks so much! And the same to you! :)

A Life Uncommon said...

Thank you for this lovely reminder on how we should all strive to share the Christmas spirit ALL year round with those less fortunate.

Sincerity said...

a life uncommon:

You're very welcome.