Christmas is Sunday!
I know for some of you Christmas may not be your tradition or part of your faith. It may simply be a day to celebrate with family and exchange gifts or just another day on the calendar.
For some of you, this also may be a very difficult time of year. A season giving rise to feelings not easily pushed aside.
In my pursuit to positively impact the lives of the people I love and those who cross my path, Christmas is foundational—it represents truth.
There is a reason our paths have crossed and you are reading this message today. Everyone of us is seeking something everyday—the truth about our lives.
Truth is unique because it never ceases to be the truth.
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
The amazing thing about truth is that it remains truth even if it is ignored, ridiculed, challenged, or mocked.
“Truth never hides—it is always available to all who seek it.” I don’t remember who said this or where I read it. But it obviously struck me as important because I wrote it down. Seeking the truth requires curiosity.
C. S. Lewis said, “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
It Doesn’t Make Sense
My oldest son, Matthew, when he was five had a saying that has stuck with him (and us) for years. In moments of challenge he would declare, “I’m just not comfortable.” What do we do when we are uncomfortable? No deep thinking required, we seek comfort. We want our world to make sense even when it doesn’t make sense. We run from the courageous conversations because they make us uncomfortable.
Rick Warren replying to someone who said, “It just doesn’t make sense,” replied, “You were made by God for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”
God is truth—an immoveable constant. I’ve heard people say, “Why doesn’t God make it easy and simply invade our lives and insist on our attention.” And that brings us to the miracle of Christmas.
God did invade our lives. As a result, I am confident in saying God did make it simple and put it all on display. What is so amazing is that many of the people who were closest to the gift of Jesus completely missed it.
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
The Miracle that is Christmas
Every year the miracle of Christmas reminds us of God’s presence and love. Every Christmas God reminds us of how it all makes sense—Jesus! The greatest gift ever given. The gift of life given to you and me. Christmas is not the simple knowledge of Jesus birth, but to experience His saving grace. Christmas can bring us close to Jesus in every way being handed the greatest gift in the world and never unwrapping it.
I would hope that no one ever says to me, “Why didn’t you share the truth with me?” My Christmas prayer is for everyone to unwrap the gift that is Christmas.
Great Christmas Reading
Because of Bethlehem: Love Is Born, Hope Is Here by Max Lucado
Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Timothy Keller