We expect the holidays to be full of cheer and peace on earth, etc. At this time of year there are more deaths and hurts than at any other time of year. If you watch the news, you will see the accident numbers rise and the abuses become even more violent than other times of year. More people are murdered in December. More people are injured because of disagreements or greed. Why is this the case?
I believe that we have a tendency to allow the hurts in our lives to boil over during the holidays. You see, those hurts are there all year long, but the stress of the seasonal expectations bring them to the surface more readily. Little things set us off; things that would not normally elicit such strong emotions.
In the news…a man kills two and turns the gun on himself. Road rage…the cause of a multi car pile-up with many injured and some die. A woman gets a concussion because of a fight over a doll at the store.
We have allowed Christmas to become a time for brawls, beatings and shootings. Not everyone will stoop so low, they think. However, many allow their anger to spill over in cutting remarks, or yelling and throwing things in frustration.
I think it is time for us to stop what we are doing and focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas. This is supposed to be a time when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. He came to earth to be a sacrifice on our behalf so that we could have lasting inner peace and joy. If we choose to accept Him as the Messiah that was foretold, and we follow Him, we will be able to live in such a way that we can have His lasting peace in our hearts and bring that to others as well.
Lets focus on Jesus Christ as the reason we celebrate. Our gifts need to be for Him, not for ourselves. So, when we see something is not right with others around us, lets not react. Lets act with the heart of Christ. Who knows, we may be able to lessen the stress they are feeling. We may be able to lead them into a freeing relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lets bring a bit of joy into the hearts of the people we encounter this season…including our own family members.
Many blessings to you all and be safe.