By Jeff Isaacs
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We hear that a lot in song and public opinion during the Christmas season. It is also the time of year where a lot of depression, loneliness and indebtedness occur. People look for meaning every day, but especially during the holiday season. People try to fill their emptiness with presents, parties and people. People strive to get the newest gadget, outfit, car, or newest iPhone to try to have meaning in their lives.
What do the holidays mean to you? Where do you find meaning in your life? Why do you exist? What is the best part of celebrating Christmas for you and your family? Do all of these answers have Jesus in them?
I sure hope so, because without Jesus in all aspects (and all answers) in our lives, we are destined for disappointment.
In a society that is so self-absorbed, we must guard our hearts against finding our meaning/purpose in the things of this world. Proverbs 4:23 says that we are to guard our hearts, for our heart is the well spring of life.
May our hearts find meaning/purpose in Christ first and foremost.
Interesting fact-Whatever you find your purpose/meaning in must be repeatable to be continually fulfilled. If it’s people, they will let you down and they will pass from this life. If it’s in things, they will rust and be destroyed. If it’s money and power, you will never have enough.
There is an enemy who desires us to focus on ourselves and what we don’t have, rather than celebrate what we do have in Christ.
The Apostle Paul summed it up quite nicely in Philippians 1:21, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” I pray that our mentality at Christmas, and every day in between, would be the same as Paul’s and we truly understand fulfillment is in living for Christ.