I love Christmas. I stand up for the understanding that it is NOT a Biblical holiday (meaning, it was not written about in the Bible). You might not realize it, but there are Biblical holidays, basically the ones He celebrated… He being Jesus. So even though, it isn’t written about, I guess we could assume that Christ celebrated His own birthday.
Nonetheless, that is a digression. I love it, because there is the spirit of Love alive in the world at Christmas. We just had our Watermarke (now Woodstock City Church) small group Christmas social at our house Monday night. Such a loving group.
I also love this time of year because of the family Birthdays we celebrate. My mother is a December 6th birthday, my wife is a December 25th birthday (yep, read it again, 12/25). My eldest daughter is January 6th (due date was 12/24… could you imagine if that had happened). I love the family time, I love the downtime. The time to reflect.
I hate that this year, there is an attack on that celebration. An attack that was well positioned by myself. The new office. The extra costs that came on, and the slow pickup of business that is always present this time of year, has us really tight on everything. Finances are stressed, time is stressed, sleep is stressed, me… the guy who doesn’t stress, is stressed. But it is amazing how insignificant this one season will seem in five years.
I know this, because I have been through so much stress in the past, and as I look back, it is insignificant. Though it might have shaped me; the IRS audit years, the growing and shrinking of HealthSprout corporate years. The reality is, that I don’t play those times over and over in my mind. The times that I play over and over in my mind, are the times with my kids and my wife. The moments where we were the fabulous four, just us out there impacting the world.
Throwing hugs to the people, giving our time and our love and our energy to whatever the cause. I won’t forget the time just a month or so ago, when my daughter Ansley who was eating a piece of pizza in the back seat, handed a fresh piece out the window to a woman standing on the side of the road with a “hungry” sign.
So for this reason. For the reasons of love and happiness and joy, and servitude. These are the reasons to cherish this season, no matter what the struggle, no matter what the situation. My wife just said to me…
“I want to find out when the FISH Christmas Wish comes to the local Chick-fil-a so we can go see what we can do…”
then we both looked at each other and burst out laughing. Nearly simultaneously…
“we should be on that list this year!”
Which isn’t really true, but it feels a bit like that. So what. Christ was born and Love became something new. Rich person problems, that is what I have… Rich person problems (www.berich.org). If I am worried about how to make ends meet for a couple months while carrying multiple mortgages, I think it would be wise for me to put on the shoes of the kids from World Vision who actually don’t have shoes. To walk in the strides of the children fleeing from a sex trade that consumes most of their childhood friends.
This is a time to cherish, because we are blessed, and our blessings NEED to be a blessing to someone else. Turn away from our selfish minds and give. I love that I am driving a Nissan Leaf right now. You might remember me telling you a few months ago that I picked it up and dumped the Caddy in preparation for some lean times. I saw this as a point in the road, and I was preparing for it. What about the child who loses their parents instantaneously to an accident? No preparation there.
We are called to stand up and give from our abundance, no matter what the situation.
Thank you God for the calling of humanity to love and serve one another. Thank you God for all of the people whom I get to serve this time of year. And yes, thank you God for the difficulties which I face, as my faith and patience will be tested, and I will be found in need. In need of You.
God Bless you all.
Be well. – Dr. E