Random thoughts about why Christmas is important……
- the world is thinking about Jesus and watching YOU…. = opportunity to teach
- Wearing a Christmas tie and stating that you don’t “celebrate” Christmas is – Asinine
- You spend all that time and money and ignore faith? Really? What does that tell the world? – influence
- We worry about “lying” about Santa (which is pretty silly) but take the time off at church. Office closes, nobody answers the phone, some services cancelled when the world around us is either hyperinvolved or desperately lonely….= lack of compassion and understanding
- We don’t know what day Jesus was born….really? We don’t know how many ounces of water was used for baptism or what song the disciples sang and yet we carry on = time to get real
- God is good= all the time + even on Christmas
- Xmas takes Christ out of Christmas + and puts the cross in it……
- We argue and debate the meaning and importance of Christmas…= the life, death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is “of real importance” 1 Corinthians 15:4 says St. Paul. Birth is life.
So Merry Christmas! Happy New year! Celebrate as you wish! Jesus is Lord!
I’m Hannah! I love the Lord with all my heart. I was baptized by my Daddy when I was thirteen. I am not pregnant. I am not unemployed. I’m not broke. I’m not slow, don’t lack ambition. I am not homely, a loser, limited or trivial. I have a small business. I am a hair stylist. All I ever wanted to do was to style hair and make girls pretty. I cut the hair off all my Barbies. I had a doll that I could curl hair on. I gave my poodle, my dad, my grandmother and my sister a permanent when I was a teenager. Did I say “I like to style hair?”
I went to a vo tech in high school and became a hair stylist. I obtained a license at age 18. I opened my own business at age 20. I added an employee last year so we are now a 2 chair shop. I belong to the chamber of commerce.
The only place that I don’t fit in is at church. Our large, local church has a “College and Young Professionals” group. I attended for a few weeks. I didn’t fit. I’m not a college student. Don’t want to be one. I have a favorite team…FSU… and watch football. But, I won’t be in English 101 or Microbiology. I felt that I was disappointing the young professionals.
Interestingly, I fit in with the “young at heart”…the retirees. Many of them started their own business without a college degree and worked hard. Problem is…I’m 21.
So, here’s the question. As I read the Bible, I see women like me. Ruth, who worked hard and found a good husband. My namesake, Hannah, who wanted to be a mother. The woman in Proverbs 31: industrious and faithful……
Why am I not good enough for your College and Young Professional Group?