I’ve seen the Black Friday footage of crazy happenings-pepper spray, shootings, brawls…good grief. I am disturbed. The celebration of the birth of our Savior being ushered in that way is disgraceful—and I’m not so sure we as believers are doing much to stop the madness.
As I consider my own life and frantic pace during some past holidays, and as I look around, it occurs to me that we in the church (all Christians not just at my church) have let society dictate to us what Christmas should be about. How has that happened?? I mean, what is our problem? How do we listen and follow the lead of a culture which is so counter-Christ??
Friends, it’s time!! It’s time for us to take back Christmas! To place Christ where He should be in our lives and in our celebrations–right at the center. I’m burdened that I, and many others, have allowed this deviation from Christmas to happen on our watch. Just like anything else that the Lord burdens me with, I began to consider what do I do? How do we as believers make changes and how can we stand against culture most effectively??
Imagine what could happen if:
-our Christmas season really is all about Jesus and not about impressing others or running ourselves ragged like culture says we should.
-we choose to invite some people over(maybe lost people) and share some favorite Christmas memories together.
-our encounters with others in stores, schools, work or wherever are all about bringing light into the dark of this world (Matt 5:16)
Maybe, just maybe the world is waiting to see some Christians who are willing to live what they say they believe–every day. If we decide to look like who we say we follow then wow! there is no limit to what God can do with us then.
I definitely don’t have all the answers but I do know this–we have to be intentional. If we don’t have a plan then we will default to the easiest setting and that will be what the world dictates. There is probably no time of the year when people are more open to conversations about Jesus. SOOO what if we just commit to talking about Jesus every day —with someone, somehow, anywhere??? Matt 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Let’s take it seriously and let our lights shine. One of the best ways to do that is to make Jesus a part of our everyday conversations. Share your faith, tell your story, talk about your Savior to someone every day.
When I’m being intentional about bringing Jesus into my conversations it’s interesting what leaves my conversations–things like ugly words, negative talk, whining, bragging, fussing and so on- will all have to be absent from the way that I talk (whether in person or online). When I bring Jesus in–they go out…and that can only be a good thing:)
I am speaking at an event in Alabama on this very subject, called Lighten Up, and as part of that event, God laid it in me to develop a tool that could be used to help us follow through on this commitment (because as we all know ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’) and as Christmas gets busy with school events, church events, parties and gatherings, we all need a little something to remind us to stay focused and be intentional.
That’s where this little flip book came from <a
It's just a simple, cute (thanks Robyn) booklet to challenge us to be intentional. It's a 25 day challenge. Each day has a Scripture, devotional thought, challenge (action step) and an accountability place to write down who you share with. There are also some fun hints throughout of ways to start conversations about Jesus and other extras. They can stand on your kitchen counter, desk or be carried around in your purse or car. If you would like to join the challenge with me and want one of these you can just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you one or more if you want to get a group together. They are $5 plus shipping which would prob only be about 1.50.
I'm hoping you will join me on this challenge (with or without the book) and that together we can begin "Taking Back Christmas"!!!! What ideas do you have that can help us keep Christ where He belongs in our celebrations?? comment and share those:)