TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens
KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS
There are many ways that we can keep Christ in our Christmas celebrations. The number one way is to have Him present in our daily life. As Christians, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way we live our life, than just simply saying things such as “Merry Christmas.” versus “Happy Holidays.” I have put together a few simple ideas to Help keep Christ the central focus of our life through this Christmas Season.
First idea is to give God one very special gift, just from you to Him. Let that gift be personal, no one else needs to know. It could be a gift of forgiving someone that you have needed to forgive for a long time. That may prove to be a gift that keeps on giving as well. You could also give God a commitment to take time out of your day to spend with Him on a daily basis. Maybe there is something God has asked you to give up and you just haven’t yet because you keep on holding on to it. Just make sure that this gift is your most important gift all this Christmas Season.
Secondly, consider removing a lot of the worldly celebrations and gift giving. Give a special gift to a needy family, or to a Missionary. Make the story of Jesus’ birth and the true meaning of Christmas the central focus of your family get togethers. Set your family down and read the Christmas story in the Book of Luke..
One last idea is to start each morning, before you get in the rush of all the activities, and do your devotion and spend some time alone with God. Pray that you will stay focused and recognize that nothing you will buy or receive this Christmas will last. Only what is done for Christ will last and count for eternity. Whatever you do for this Holiday Season, don’t forget the true reason for the season. Take time to thank God for sending His Son Jesus to die on a cross for you and me.
Until Next time, Ashley Stevens
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! LET EACH OF US TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY DAY THAT GOD GIVES US IN THE NEW YEAR. WE PRAISE GOD FOR LIFE. HEALTH, AND STRENGTH. LET US ALL COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE WINNING OF LOST SOULS TO JESUS CHRIST!