Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” . . . Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Christmas is a joyful season! No one can deny that. But I am having a slightly hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. So I am going to reflect how we can be joyful during this Christmas season.
Christmas is a season of giving. People put time and effort into planning, buying, and wrapping presents for others. God wants us to be cheerful, yet He doesn’t want us to be quick spenders. When I give, I picture my family enjoying the presents I give them. They enjoy it and I am glad. They appreciate the fact that I thought of them. But if I have no joy in the giving, then there’s an empty feeling and I have spent empty money. It was empty because I wasn’t having Christmas joy and the spirit of giving.
Christmas is a season of love. People put in all this time and effort because they love the people they are giving to. People do this out of love. The reason why I give is because I love the people I am giving to. I am willing to spend my money on presents because I love them. I have Jesus in my heart, so my love should be sincere. But without Jesus, I have an empty heart.
Christmas is a season of receiving. Though it is more blessed to give than to receive, it’s still fun to get and open presents. Receiving can show appreciation. Not only I put in the effort to buy presents for others, but, also, my family thought of me and bought me presents. I really appreciate the fact that they cared about me. But I am not proud. The proud have a hard time saying that they need to be thought of. They have empty humility.
Christmas is a season with Christ in the center. The reason of the season is Jesus because we celebrate Jesus and his birth. Without Christ, the season really has no meaning. But people want to kick Him out. Renaming Christmas is one of their ways to kick Jesus out of the season, but that’s not a very good solution. It really saddens me how people have come up with different names for Christmas and other ways to avoid Christ. Christmas is the name, and none other. It's called Christmas with a capital C. Without Christ, everything is meaningless, an empty shell.
Christmas is a time of joy! With Jesus in our hearts, we can rejoice that He loves us and thinks of us. Because He’s in us, we can be happy! With him, we have an overflowing heart, not an empty one!
Here, I am trying to say that God wants us to have our heart prepared for Christmas. We might be pretending to be joyful, but true joy comes from having Jesus in our hearts. So I probably need to pray more and ask God to fill me with joy as we celebrate his birth.
So, as you celebrate this wonderful season, remember to give your best, and not an empty shell.
Special thanks to my mom who helped make this devo better!
Questions to ponder on:
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You see, a year prior to the releasing of this post, I wrote a devotion entitled “An Empty Shell.” When I was about to psot this devotion, I saked my parents to give me their thoughts on it. Last year, it seemed like they liked it; this year they didn’t because they felt it was too negative. They advised me to re-write this devotion. Well, that was the last thing I wanted to do. But it was better than writing a new one. And, mind you, this was Friday night.
I was just about ready to give up when my mom gave me some ideas. The really helped me and that inspiration helped me to write what you just read. So, thanks mom! (I posted the devotion early Saturday morning, Friday afternoon for those in America . . . and Canada.)
*last updated on August 19, 2015
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