You hear that sound? It’s the clip-clop of rushing feet, scurrying around town, rushing from stop to stop . It’s the cheerful holiday music, persuading us to set aside the realities of life and just be happy, happy, happy. It’s the continual swipe of our credit cards, purchasing gifts for loved ones. It’s the clanking of dishes as we prepare cookies and foods to enjoy. It’s the honking of horns and raising of voices as we get frustrated with the rush of it all.
This, my friends, is Christmas in America.
I mean really, is this what Christmas is all about? We put so much pressure on ourselves. We have created a cultural norm centered around commercialism and doing things the “right” way.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I’m a goofball really. I’m constantly singing songs, taking the back roads to look at lights and I play a mean mouth-horn…that’s for another story.
There’s also really good people out there who transform lives during this time of year. Unfortunately, it really seems like a rarity these days.
So here’s my worry…..through all of the rushing, eating, giving, receiving, singing…..I’m worried that we may lose focus a bit on what Christmas is really about.
It’s about a man named Jesus Christ, as the first 6 letters of the word Christmas represent. It’s a celebration of His birth and all that Jesus stood for.
This Jesus guy has single-handedly changed history. The majority of modern scholars agree that Jesus was a real person who made a real impact on history. Whatever you believe about His divinity is up to you….but one thing you can’t deny is this; no other person in history has ever been talked about more. No other person in history has caused as much controversy. No other person in history has had as many books written about him/her.
In my case, as a Christian, I celebrate Jesus as God. I remember His birth and I thank God for His place in history. He ended up dying on a cross for humanity, providing a free path to Heaven by His grace. God has changed my life and this is the time of season that I get to focus on that.
To be honest, I totally lose focus of this all the time. I, too, get caught up in the hustle and bustle. I find myself getting more excited about the seasonal beers vs. the quiet times to reflect.
I mean, shoot, is it possible to have a great Christmas season while honoring Jesus at the same time? You bet. Really, with Jesus as the focus, the food tastes better, the crowds feel calmer and relationships feel closer. We need Him….we’re wired to need Him. He created us after all.