Yes, yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas/New Year’s eeeeeverything, right? I know. I get it. BUT that doesn’t mean you’re getting out of anything here. 😀
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was spent in bed with the flu for five days (along with four other family members), so I don’t remember most of the holiday in my feverish state. I got a lot of Iron Man stuff this Christmas, thanks to Just-A-Nerdy-Guy, and a few Harley Quinn things too, which meant I had a very comic book Christmas, ha ha.
Sometimes it’s easy to slip into the world’s version of Christmas. The world says “Buy, buy, buy! More, more, more!” Commercials tell people they’re going to be awful parents if they don’t get their kids EXACTLY the right tablet/video game/Frozen merchandise. Santa Claus is practically worshiped in any cartoon or Disney show you happen to turn on. The “spirit of Christmas”… is consumerism.
It’s the same thing that’s happened to New Year’s. I’ve heard all kinds of commercials on the radio talking about making 2015 the “YOU Year”, or starting off the new year right with a new car/TV/weight loss plan. Really?
Since when did these holidays become about me, me, me? Most of you probably know the true story of Christmas: that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who was born in a stable because there was no room for His family in the Inn. He was worshiped by shepherds and wise men, almost killed by King Herod, and grew up just to be the ultimate sacrifice for human sin. The focus of Christmas was supposed to be on Christ, not us. But somehow things got twisted. St. Nicholas was never “Santa Claus”, he was a kind old saint who paid girls’ dowries so they could get married. He did it out of love for people. How did he become a figure who only feeds little kids’ greed and parents’ pride?
And as far as the new year goes, we shouldn’t be celebrating a new “us” year, we should be celebrating a new “God” and “people” year. How about instead of focusing on how we can make ourselves better, more popular, thinner, or richer, we start focusing on how we can give, love, show people what truly matters, and introduce them to a God whose only goal is to save His people for eternity? Does that sound so bad?
Now, that means that you won’t get to constantly focus on yourself. You’ll have to start opening your heart to others, you’ll need to start considering other people before yourself, and you’ll have to put yourself last. It means that next Christmas you won’t just be concentrating on getting the biggest and best presents, panicking about cooking meals, or worrying about what your kids will think of their gifts.
It’s a tough decision to make and most people aren’t strong enough or don’t care enough to make it. Do you? All it takes is one person to make a difference. Why can’t that person be you? God has called you to so much more than consumerism. Take up His offer. Do more. Be more! Make 2015 count for something more than your wealth or weight. Be the difference this world deserves… but not the one it needs right now. Because you can take it. Because you’re not a hero. You’re a– ….oh wait, sorry, that’s Batman.
Happy New Year!