Especially with Christmas quickly approaching, make sure you are taking the time to enjoy the season and not continually rush about everyday. Sometimes we get too caught up in what makes this time of year special, we forget who truly makes it "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
Do not neglect to focus your mind on the Light of the World, who is the reason for all the lights, and the prefect tree (the cross), which is the real reason we may celebrate with joy.
We give each other gifts because we received the greatest gift possible in the form of a baby boy. The question is, have you opened that gift? It's addressed to you. And it is from the Maker of All Things.
Yes, the Creator of the universe has a present for you.
It's wrapped in blood-red paper. To open it, you must deny your flesh and acknowledge your sin. But He says that if you simply "confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Saved. Saved from sin and death. Saved from eternal separation from God. Saved from pain and loneliness. Will the journey be easy? No. Will you still stumble and fall? Yes. Will you be persecuted? Yes. But God promises to walk with you; He never ever leaves your side. When you fall, He can pick you up.
When you call on Him, He will answer you. He will overwhelm you with unfailing love, unchanging grace, and unrelenting mercy.
And you don't have to wait until Christmas morning to open this gift.