Where Are You Christmas?
I recently had a Grinch like transformation of my own. What happened next, well at Emmaus they say, that the Chris’s small heart grew three sizes that day. Christmas is a hard time of year for me, without family and having to deal with certain realities of life, what are common pleasures for some during the holidays, are uncommon for me. I also find this season difficult due to the commercialism and materialism that Christmas has become about. It overwhelms, even saddens me. I am not alone, as many deal with a lot of the same struggles at Christmas. Through all of this, I have to keep the right perspective, otherwise my emotions will get to me. As I walked through a store recently, the song Hark the Herald Angels Sing played on the overhead speaker. This was interesting to me, because, as the song played loud and proud, the truth of the Gospel was proclaimed, falling on deaf ears. People walked through the store frustrated and depressed, taken wildly by the consumerism of this holiday, when the solution to the turmoil, the worldliness, was there right in front of them. They ignored what mattered in pursuit of what did not. Since it was a song, maybe it was more around them than in front, but is this not an excellent image of what people do all year? The Gospel is there, it is accessible, it is the solution to whatever problem they may possibly have, yet it goes unnoticed. Coming to this conclusion I was both joyful and sad. I was sad because so many people walking around distracted by the material, by the things of this world, when really all they need is Christ, but unfortunately for many this will never be the case. At the same time I found joy from these observations in that while so many do not accept Christ and ignore the truth of who He is, I did not, and that is worth more than all the presents in the universe. Very much like Charlie Brown it was when I stopped focusing the world’s meaning of Christmas, and started focusing on the Christian meaning of Christmas, that for the first time in a long time, I found enjoyment in this holiday. Christmas is not about the things I do not have in the world, it is about everything I have in Christ. The same is true for every person who believers in Him. People may try to make this day about everything other than Christ, but that does not mean we have to. One of my favorite Christmas specials is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year the art of Charles Schulz brings the Gospel to people worldwide, as Charlie Brown searches for for what Christmas is all about. Below is a clip where Linus explains the meaning of Christmas.
That’s What Christmas is All About
Every year during the holidays I allow what I do not have to outweigh what I do, and while I may not have everything I want, I do have everything I need. Yes I do not have a biological family, but the spiritual family I have, sure as heck are stellar. My current position in life may not be exactly where I want, but I have a warm bed, regular meals, an excellent education studying the subjects I love. Even above all of this, most importantly I have Christ, and meaning if I had nothing, I would still have everything. Christ was born, so that man can live. The world may make Christmas about the material, but for the Christian, Christmas is about the immaterial, about Christ. Just as the Grinch accepted and embraced that Christmas does not come from a store, that Christmas means a little bit more, not to sound lame, but I must do exactly the same. If Christ could be born in a manger spending his first Christmas in a barn, I can in Him spend Christmas in my dorm room.