Merry or Meaningful?

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” (ESV)

Today’s Thought
According to the ads you see on TV, Christmas should make everyone happy. Plus, with all the stories and songs we hear in church and on the radio about peace and joy, you’d think it’d be a slam-dunk smile fest.

But for a lot of people, it’s just not.

One of the things that’s become wrapped up in Christmas is idealism. Here’s what I mean by that. To a lot of people, this time of year is about what we think life should ideally be like.

That’s a part of the reason it can be so difficult: We have dinners where some people don’t show up or where people argue. Or we have times when we want to block out the festivities because we feel alone or miss somebody. Or we are simply reminded that life is not turning out as we had planned.

None of these things are our “ideal” situation. And so, we wish Rudolf The I’ve-Heard-That-Song-1000-Times-Already Reindeer would stick a sock in it!

But Christmas isn’t about how great—or “ideal”—things are. It’s about God coming to us personally in Jesus to heal and save this broken world.

With that in mind…

If you’re someone who isn’t feeling very merry, remember that Christmas isn’t about how ideal life should be. Plus, most of the smiling people you see probably aren’t as happy as they look anyway! Find an opportunity to help or serve someone in a real, practical way.

And if you just so happen to feel grand, still remember that Christmas isn’t about making it all perfect. Find an opportunity to help or serve someone in a real, practical way. It could even be as simple as a phone call or coffee with someone you haven’t seen in a while.

I hope your Christmas is merry. But more than that, I hope you plan on making it meaningful.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…”

By Matthew Ruttan

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