This Story Has a Name

Luke 2:1-7 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 

The story of Christmas, like all epic stories, begins with a problem.  How can a holy God reveal the solution to man’s evil ways?  No one doubts evil.  It send prodigals to run off to far countries, compels ruthless dictators to slaughter infants, and fuels jealous kings to grasp for power.  Our world suffers under the destructive hand of evil and its merciless consequences.

What we see in that manger is the revelation of a God who knows what it’s like to be a Father.  Parenthood draws us closer to the highest joys and the deepest sorrows of God.  We’d do just about anything for our children.  Bethlehem and Golgotha are proof that a holy God would do the unthinkable for you.  That’s what love does.  That’s also what makes parenthood so scary.  Parenthood is a blessing, but sometimes it feels like a gamble as well.  No one can guarantee that your kids will love you.  God knows that all too well.  The same evil that drove Jesus to the cross causes heartbreak, destruction, disease, and pain.  We live in such uncertainty, and yet we can know for sure that God understands.  He too has felt grief and pain over our erring ways.

Ultimately, this is the story of a Redeemer who loved us so much that He refused to let us die in our sin.  In the midst of our pain and desolation, joy rises, and we can celebrate once again.  This is the story grace and truth that helps us move forward.  There is a star.  There is a heavenly hose.  There is a song.  There is a Son.  This story has a name.  We call it Christmas.

G.K. Chesterton, the “prince of paradox,” once said. “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

I would urge each of us to take some time this Christmas, to reflect on the story of Christmas and really think about what God really did for us on that day over 2,000 years ago.  Reflect on that great sacrifice He made on our behalf.  By thinking about that, we should ask ourselves how that can change our hope for 2018.  How can we share that reflection with our family during this joyous season?

I want to wish each and every one of you and all of your family a very Merry Christmas!  It really is an amazing story when you really think about it.

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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