Just because it happened long ago, doesn't mean that it isn't relevant today.
It was put on the hearts of the wisemen, the shepherds and men, women and children worldwide for centuries to follow the star; To receive the love of the baby born in the manger and be forever thankful of the peace and love he still tries to bring to the hearts of nations.
The holidays are upon us again and it feels like it gets more difficult to find the birth of Jesus as the reason for the season. This truth gets swallowed up in shiny lights, catchy songs and shopping.
Don't get me wrong, I participate in all the above. I love Christmas for all of those reasons, but I am also very aware that I have been forgiven and offered a new life because this baby grew up to be a man and died for my sins.
This holiday season is a great time of year to show others the true meaning of Christmas.
It is also very stressful at times. Feelings of loneliness, feelings to fit in, to buy more, to impress others, to be everywhere and participate in every thing. The pressures we put on ourselves!
Guard your words, be gentle with your actions and live the life you have chosen for the world is watching... little eyes are watching too.
The holidays can sometimes bring out the worst in people as we feel the pressure to fit in with what the world says is Christmas. And we must take care, as we bring up our children, that we may love to spoil them with gifts. (Gift-giving is definitely one of my love languages!) And we may decorate trees with lights and shiny ornaments. We may sing the praises of flying reindeer and dancing snowmen, and we may eat four-too-many cookies... but let us not forget to teach our children in our actions, our words and our attitude what it means to truly have Jesus in our heart. Not just at the holiday season, but all through the year.
Use this time of the year when Jesus is most accepted and "allowed" in conversation, in music and celebration to introduce and re-affirm why we celebrate His birth.
Teach those around us with our actions and attitudes to "follow the star."
Elizabeth Bourgeret is a life coach, author and she is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop and the Leading With Love Series of books, workshops and coaching.