Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I find it interesting that in this age of information overload that people still tend to get their undies in a bunch over misinformation.  For instance, since it is the Christmas season, I see a lot of posting via FB about the Xmas thing.  Don't take Christ out of Christmas!  I did a simple google search on the origin of Xmas today and within 10 minutes read 2 articles that purported that the X stood for the Greek word for Christ and was a common abbreviation as early as the 15th century in the CHURCH!  <huh, imagine that>

But really, regardless of where it did originate from, when are Christians going to stop trying to legislate Christianity?  Why are we surprised when people who are not Christians do unChristian things--like trying to ignore the religious overtones of the Christmas holiday?  But again--it was us Christians who hijacked this particular season away from the pagans to begin with?  So why are we again, getting our undies in a bunch? 

Now before you get your undies all in bunch over what I'm saying, please hear me out.  Our family WILL be celebrating a Jesus-filled Christmas.  <whatever that is supposed to mean>  But I won't have my checklist out making sure my neighbors are too.  I think it really all comes down to the frustration we (as Christians) face each December..How do I keep the focus on God and not on the worldly things?   

We are saturated from October through Christmas with purchasing presents, doing good, and decorating like Griswold.  How in the middle of the hustle and bustle do I maintain the focus that needs to be there?  Quite frankly it's the same question we should be asking ourselves on a daily basis.   God needs to be at the center of our hearts and minds everyday and when Christmas rolls around, it will be natural.

It is a heart thing, friends.  We must set aside time each day to draw near to God.  He will draw near to us.  But we have to go after it.  Just like we go after our children's (and our own) education, the money that we need to buy all the things we need and many of our wants, or follow after our favorite sports team--those things all take time and effort from us.  Our relationship with God takes time to.  We have to work at it. We have to make it point to read our Bible, spend time in prayer, figure out how to have a relationship with Him.  <work out your salvation with fear and trembling...sound familiar?>

So get your undies out of a bunch, stop worrying about what the world is doing and instead become infatuated with what God is doing and how He wants you to be a part of it.  You'll find that the X in Xmas doesn't bother you so much.

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