After the post-Christmas sales end, stores will be transformed over night trading in candy canes for Valentine’s Day chocolate. Once presents under the tree are unwrapped tomorrow, birthday wishes will begin to enter the minds of children as well as those young at heart. Unfortunately, if you allow consumerism to flood your thoughts, spiritual holidays will become a seasonal thing.
You don’t have to study statistics to recognize annual church attendance spikes each Christmas and Easter. Somewhere in between, the message falls upon deaf ears, as the curious turn their attention to the next vacation or time off. Subsequently, individuals have gotten good at placing God in a box a few times years, taking Him out of the attic bi-annually.
For me and those of faith, Christmas is not just a seasonal event. In my moment of need, I exchanged a self-centered life style for a Purpose Driven Life, Psalm 118:5-7. While my ways are far from perfect, a new peace surpasses my formal understanding, Philippians 4:7, broadening my perspective. Thus, each day I revisit the manger, cross and resurrection to renew the seed of faith sown in my heart, Romans 10:9-10. May the miracle of Christmas bring you to a similar place this season and throughout the year.
by Jay Mankus