Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of Christ. He came as a small gift, but in reality God gave us the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal love, the gift of Best Love. It is so simple, yet we like to make it complicated.
We tend to think of religion when we discuss faith and spiritual matters. But for many, religion can be summed up with lists of things not to do and lists of other things to do. Maybe even comparisons or judgements are made about others who may have done more of the things on the bad list, or not as many on the good list.
Then there are those that in the name of religion speak of hate and condemnation as though that is the only way to convince others to change their path, to think and act like the haters.
The greatest gift was made to provide salvation and eternal life for all. But even then it is easy to miss just how great the gift of God’s best love is. When we concentrate on lists, we often also have a list of what we have to do to show and demonstrate our love for God. That is just another worthless list. What we need to do is focus on how great God’s love is for us, that he truly accepts us as we are, and forgives us for all we have done on the bad list.
Only then can we accept, forgive, and love ourselves. And this is necessary to be able to love, forgive, and accept others. Then through faith and a vibrant relationship with Christ, we can be open to change and transformation, and yield to the process. The last couple years I have discovered this working in the Celebrate Recovery program I have mentioned a couple times. Doing a personal inventory and examining hurts and wrongs leads to identifying root causes and character defects. Yielding to His power to change helps to recover from the past and have hope for the future.
A couple thousand years ago the world received the greatest gift, and its equally available to all. Tomorrow, with family, great food, many gifts, remember the best gift.