We always grieve the fact that Jesus was born in a manger. Why weren’t people more aware? Why couldn’t people see what was going on?
Most likely, the answer to that question is easier than we think. People were busy. They were taking care of their kids, running errands, getting their work done. There was nothing remarkable about Mary and Joseph. They were just another young couple having their first baby. Most people didn’t even notice them.
That’s what busyness does. That’s what the craziness of the Christmas season does. It squeezes out time. By the time we shop and eat, travel...more
Most things in life take practice. If you want to be a better golfer, you practice. If you want to be a better musician, you practice. In short, if you want to get better at anything in life, it just takes a little practice. So, while it may sound a little strange, the fact is if you want to live a more joyful life, you have to practice. So,...more
The Christmas commercials began just after Halloween. Many of the major retailers started offering “Black Friday” deals way before Thanksgiving. The Christmas season has now become a commercial gorging in the name of the One who had nothing when He was born. All of us complain that “this year, the commercialization of Christmas has just gone too far.” Given the American appetite for excess, we can count on Christmas...more
Gallagher, the watermelon-smashing comedian, has a great line about the holidays. “Why,” he asked, “do we put Christmas right in the middle of the holidays when everyone is so busy?” What’s intended to be a day of joy and celebration too many times ends up being a day of anger and frustration. Everyone has expectations of what the perfect Christmas should look like. Of course, most of these expectations...more
I have a jar of change next to my desk at home. There’s nothing special about it. It’s just a large glass jar that Jeannie thought would look good in my study. Some time ago, I started dropping my spare change in the jar. The growing pile of coins looked pretty cool. Like most guys, I hate carrying loose change in my pockets. So, I just throw it in...more