For weeks, I’ve been sharing my heart about “The Me I Want to Be.”
While the focus is discovering our uniqueness in Christ and using the talents and gifts he’s blessed us with to bless others, it’s deeper than that for me. The event was birthed from this video, which struck a resounding cord…
There’s a hunger for more out there; in not only our every day ordinary lives, but in the Christmas season. For so many, our eyes have been unveiled to see the luster of commercial Christmas fade.
We no longer want to buy into that, especially as women who love Jesus with all our hearts and desire to live to the hilts for him!
Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, whether you know him personally yet or not. [I pray you one day do, if you do not already. He’s turned my world upside down and for the better]
And what do people get for their birthday? Presents, showers of praise and adoration- not to mention cake and a wealth of people calling or dropping by to show you they care.. that you matter and today, of all days is special because of YOU.
But not Jesus. No, we’ve made his birthday about us….
In many cases, he’s lucky to get a quick 1 hour visit Christmas morning or 2 minute “call” to wish him Happy Birthday!
If we get wrapped presents for our birthdays and get to celebrate the way we’d like to with those we love, then why don’t we do that for Jesus’ birthday?
How can we trick ourselves into thinking anything other than love under the tree and acts of mercy, love and kindness, will make our Christmas truly merry and bright?
The Birthday boy tells us what He wants….
“Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me. ~ Matthew 25:40”
In our family, THIS is how we’ve done it and will continue to this year. We took the money we would normally spend on ourselves and each other and put into into 25 days of blessing others, in his name. And taking inspiration from Ann Voskamp, we’ll each be choosing a birthday gift for Jesus, Christmas morning out of the greatest gift catalogues I know of – This one and this one too!
So let me ask you, are you craving a different kind of Christmas? One with deeper meaning and centred on acts that will stand the test of time?
Join me and the countless other women who are doing something radical- taking back Christmas and in turn celebrating Jesus’ birthday the way he’d want to and showering him with gifts that warm him heart.