How does your family decorate for Christmas? Do you like looking at the special lights in your home and neighborhood? The lights are one of my favorite Christmas decorations.
I love seeing the creativity of the many ways families find to use lights to decorate their homes and yards. It is interesting to see Santa Clause, reindeer, talking snowmen, animated ice fishing, presents, gingerbread houses, menorahs, and nativity scenes – all on the same block!
You know, just as there are many ways to decorate a house for the holidays, there are also many ways people think about and celebrate the holidays. What is the most important part? Getting presents? Decorating? Spending time with family? Going to church?
Each year, I turn off all the lights but those on the tree. It’s a chance for me to think quietly while I enjoy the glow. I think about family and the people around me. I think of past Christmases and the ones to come.
I think about what I have learned this year. I think about the new friends I’ve made. I think about the many times I’ve messed up lately. I think about how hard it is to live for Jesus. I try, but it is not always easy. Sometimes other people don’t understand. Sometimes I really want to do what I know the Bible tells me not to do. It can be hard. The many little pin pricks of Christmas lights warming the darkness give me hope.
I remember that Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:18 NIV). Can you imagine? We don’t ever have to be scared and alone because Jesus is always with those who believe in Him. Sitting in my dark living room, I realize it’s not that dark at all.
Just like all those little lights drive back the darkness, so Jesus pushes back my fear when I trust in Him. God has control over everything (John 3:35). That means nothing can ever catch Him by surprise. He knows just what is happening and He loves us enough to stay with us, even through the worst of it (Joshua 1:9).
We can have hope because we already know the end of the story. Jesus is coming back, just as He promised. When He does, Jesus will drive out everything bad, bringing those who trust Him to a perfect place (John 3:16-21; Revelation 21:3-5).
This Christmas, take opportunities like seeing Christmas lights to remind yourself and your family of the ways God gives us what we need to be the light of the world.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV).
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