Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmas: When you don't get what you want

When you approach Christmas on an emotional level it is often a bittersweet time. If you go back to past Christmas Memories, your emotions can pull uninvited thoughts of past heartache. If you dwell on your current situation, you must bring your emotions and thinking captive in obedience to the Christ of Christmas, or you will yearn for things you cannot have and do not have control over. When you dwell on the Christ of Christmas, He can fill the void where hurts have left a vacuum. It is easy to say “Jesus is the reason for the Season”, but our emotions alone just can’t pull that truth to the forefront of our thinking and experience. It takes an act of our will and a supernatural touch from God to face Christmas the way we should.

I wake up every Christmas morning remembering our little girl, Alexandra, who was born on Christmas Day 24 years ago. She lived one day. In subsequent years I have had to choose to celebrate the Christ of Christmas, even when the celebration of the season at times escaped me. My heart took time to heal, but I took charge of my emotions and have had a renewed focus on Jesus for several years now saying “Thank You” to Him for coming as the baby in the manger.

Maybe you do not have enough of something this Christmas…enough family, enough peace in your family, enough money, enough time…

I encourage you to look Jesus in the eyes this Christmas and say “Thank You” for what you do have…Him!