So, this is it, y’all. the SUPER TOP SECRET GUEST POST *gasp*!!!!!!!!!! Also known as TWN’S VERY FIRST GUEST POST ON OUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Before we dive in, I just wanna give a quick intro to the AMAZING gal doing it!!! So, it all began on September 30, 2020, I comment for the first time on Vibrant for Jesus! Though, Grace, there, only liked my comment and didn’t reply (which I’m still a little bitter about XD 😉 ). Anyway, fast forward many comments later and I’ve gotten to know this INCREDIBLE GAL with a strong heart for Jesus Christ!!!!!! It’s been AMAZING. Grace is just one of the sweetest people I know!!!!!!!! So, a few weeks back, I was talking with Katherine and Alana about how we needed a Christmas devotional post…and we were all clueless what to do. So, I asked Grace if she would be interested in doing one on TWN. I was SUPER nervous, ’cause I had never asked anyone before and didn’t know what she’d say. But she, as you can already tell, LOVED the idea (maybe a BIT exaggerated) and wrote up this BEAUTIFUL post!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH, GRACE!!!!!!!! You’ve been a WONDERFUL friend to me!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! <33 Without further ado, THE POST! (Also, I wanna hear y’all’s thoughts on it in the comments on it.) (And, don’t forget to check out Grace’s AMAZING blog!!!!!!!!!!!)
Hello and Merry Christmas everyone! I feel so honored and privileged to be able to write this guest post for TWN! Thanks to the team for inviting me to do this! =)
I had a hard time thinking of what to write for this post. After all, there are thousands upon thousands of sermons, messages, books, poems, songs, blog posts…=) about the meaning of Christmas. I daresay that everyone reading this has probably heard them all. You are quite familiar with the message, Christmas isn’t about the gifts, the lights, the traditions, the food, even the family. Christmas is about Christ. Unfortunately, you (and me) have heard these messages so much we can tend to tune them out after a while. Maybe not purposely, but ever so gradually, we let other thoughts take preeminence in our hearts and minds and we forget about Jesus, the true reason for the season.
I have observed this year that there seems to be a lack of what some call “the good ole’ Christmas spirit.” I’ve recently been pondering this and the implications that go along with it. What is Christmas spirit, exactly? Why do people seem to be missing it this year? What’s the big deal about Christmas spirit anyway? How do we find Christmas spirit? I think I’ve hit upon the answer and I’ve decided to share it with you.
The world thinks of Christmas spirit as the happiness they get from the lights, snow, music, trees, gifts, family, friends, and sweet treats. But this year…. This year, things are different because we can’t have Christmas parties, getting gifts for everyone gets complicated with all the online stuff, and if we actually venture out to the store, they don’t always have the things you’d like, and even if they have what you want; do you have enough money? For some reason this year, the music doesn’t seem as cheery, the lights as bright, the laughter and joy almost nonexistent, and Zoom calls and Facetime have taken over the face-to-face contact we all used to take for granted. This year, Christmas (like the rest of 2020) is different.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, so don’t get all down on me. Because like I said earlier, what is the True Reason for Christmas? Jesus. And was He mentioned in the above paragraphs? Nope. My friends, no matter how much you think that the Christmas spirit is lacking, JESUS IS NOT! Jesus does not change, He is not different. His love is still great, His power incomprehensible, His grace is still amazing, and salvation is still available. Jesus didn’t change. And He’s not going to. And friends, let me let you in on a little secret, He is the Source of true joy and happiness. Not the lights or the snow, or the gifts, or even certain family members. Jesus is the ONLY Source of true joy.
So maybe, if you think you are lacking in Christmas Spirit this season, maybe, just maybe, you never had it at all. Maybe instead of true, Jesus Joy, you just had temporary happiness. Maybe, you were lacking the Christmas Joy that comes with knowing Christ and knowing Him personally, having a vibrant relationship with Him. Friends, if you have never experienced the true joy that comes with knowing Jesus, let me just give you a little advertisement. It’s the best! Ever. Not because you are happy all the time. No, that’s definitely not it. Not because you suddenly find yourself surrounded by good circumstances. No, that’s definitely not it either. True joy with Jesus is the best because you know He’s with you, you know He’s not gonna leave you, He’s gonna give you grace and peace in the sad and depressing and difficult. True Joy with Jesus is the best simply because He is the best.
So back to the original questions. What is Christmas spirit? The joy that comes with knowing Christ. Why do people seem to be missing it this year? Because their temporary happiness was taken away. What is the big deal about Christmas Spirit? Jesus is the big deal. And How do we find Christmas Spirit? By looking for Jesus.
Don’t forget Him, friends. Don’t forget Jesus.
Joyful with Jesus, Grace