The day after Thanksgiving, or “Black Friday” for the shopping hordes has arrived. For those of us who don’t enjoy the crowded Wal-Marts, Targets, and Malls, it is a good day to wind down, finish digesting all the food eaten, and perhaps to reflect a bit on what’s ahead. Christmas. Yes, Christmas will be upon us before we can blink twice.
It is easy at this point in time to start obsessing about Christmas gifts and Christmas plans. It might even be time for those who have a grind against Christmas to gear up for protests. Christians protesting that it’s pagan, pagan’s protesting that it’s Christian…funny how that works, isn’t it? What I would like to challenge my fellow believers to remember (even if you don’t celebrate Christmas) during this time is that it is the people that really matter.
Finding the right gift for someone is often a rush, you find something “just right” that you know they’ll love and it’s a good feeling. The point I’m trying to make amidst my rambling is to always focus on the person themselves, and not just the gift or the season. We all need to take the time to appreciate the people in our lives, because we won’t have them on the Earth with us forever, and even though when death separates believers, we have hope to see then again, it is still hard to lose someone here on earth.
If there’s someone you want to see or talk to, don’t wait for a holiday gathering; see them now. Send a card now, for no other reason than to say “hi” or to ask “how have you been?” Holidays are great times to get together, but don’t take the opportunity that we have every day for granted. During this time, we should be remembering one of the greatest facts of our faith; The Son of God became human, He came and dwelt amongst us. The God of the universe came and made a real connection with mankind; He was a Son, and a Brother, a Friend, a Teacher…He ate with “us” and cried with us, and walked many roads with us, and celebrated Holidays with us.
We have daily chances to connect with family, friends, and loved ones. Let’s not wait for a specific day, but rather view every day as a chance to interact with the people that mean something to us! As we remember how Christ interacted with humanity, let’s use everyday to remember God’s grace and love and turn everyday that we can into Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc… We only have a limited number of days here on this earth, let’s not waste ’em!