Day 24: Giving.
Celebrated Christmas Eve (oops, past midnight already!!) with the in laws, and it involved a log cake and presents.
I am thankful for the opportunity to give. I find shopping for gifts something special (though stressful), and to me, trying to find a gift the people will like makes me question how much I know this person and how much I love this person.
It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.
I thank God that throughout this entire year of No Pay Leave, I have still been able to give to others and give unto God. I’m truly thankful I’m able to do this because He has lavished good gifts unto me.
Even when I was working, I could tithe and give to those in need or simply give to encourage others, and I always had enough, often more than enough. God’s resources are infinite, why should I feel that His works are finite? God always provides and for that, I want to keep taking part in the privilege to give.
Day 25: Christmas Day. ✝️
Okay. So Rudolph has nothing to do with Christ (but just had to get this again before Christmas snacks are gone from Starbucks).
But today, I am reminded of 2019 years ago, when Christ was born, born to die for our sins. In those unassuming conditions, Baby Jesus was born. Not to shout His presence and say, “Hey, look at me! I’m going to save you.” but humbly to love us.
Jesus’s life on earth was truly paradoxical. He is King, yet didn’t demand to be treated like one. While the world talks about standing up for yourself and returning an eye for an eye, Jesus says to turn your left cheek to the one who strikes you on the right. We are called to die to the self so that we might live. While the world tells us there are many things to worry about, Jesus asks us not to worry.
Jesus’s life was controversial to many, He might have offended many. But all He did was love. Out of love for His Father, He obeyed His Father. Out of love for us, He gave up His position in heaven to die on the cross for our sins. He didn’t have to, but He’s the only one who could.
And because of what Jesus did, we have salvation. Salvation is a big word. Sometimes we wonder if we need salvation. I break down salvation to being reconnected with God, who had always intended for a personal relationship with us. What a beautiful word salvation then becomes! We no longer have to be separated from God but our sins. Our sins (and our own futile attempts to erase them from our lives) no longer keep us apart from a just God.
All because of...JESUS.
Jesus is the reason for the season and I cannot ever take for granted the beauty of my connecting back to the Father thanks to Jesus.
Blessed Christmas to one and all. May you all experience the love and joy of Christmas and have a wonderfully blessed 2019!
Tuesday, 25 Dec 2018
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