“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ―
Here we are again at the beginning of the month of December when we celebrate “Christmas.” Are you one of the people who dread this time of year and just wish it would be over? Do you feel like you are going through the motions of the season because you don’t want to let your family down or that you wouldn’t be a “good Christian” if you didn’t? Are you tired of the great festival of greed and excess the holidays have become? Have you noticed that instead of bringing us together, the divisions that separate us seem to grow even deeper during this season? So what do we do?
Well I have a suggestion. Let’s realize that the busyness and excess surrounding the holiday called “Christmas” are not part of the Christmas story or the message of Jesus. Let’s take the myths and fables out of our celebrations. And finally, let’s stop worshiping the baby in the manger and start following the life and teachings of Jesus, the way shower and master teacher.
This month we are going to be looking at the life and teachings of Jesus and how they apply to the lives of his followers in the world today. My personal preference of translation of the Bible for my personal study is the King James version because I love the language, but I have chosen to use the New International Version (NIV) for this series because it is easier to read.
Each day’s post will end with an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the lesson, by considering a question or questions. I encourage you to think about these, live with them for a while. Journal about them or post your thoughts to the comments. Please get active in this discussion, we really want everyone to gain a real understanding of what it is we are celebrating during this holiday season.
Yes, this may be challenging, but it will be life-changing if you allow it. Please join us in this great adventure into the life of Jesus.
Dig a Little Deeper:
During the month of December Christians celebrate light and Jesus.
How do our celebrations reflect the light and life of Jesus?
“Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you.” —Jonathan Groff
“Celebrate every day, every moment, every success and every failure. Life is a celebration of love and consciousness.”
“The problem today lies not in getting religion into business and personal relations, but in getting life and light into our personal religion.” — Eric Butterworth, from Discover the Power Within You, Harper and Row 1968
If you are beginning to realize there may be more to the message of Jesus than what you have been taught in church, the New Thought classic Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth is a good place to start. This book is available in our bookstore.
“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” — Deepak Chopra
“The best part of your story is when it changes.”
― Bella Bloom