What are your emotions when you think of the “Christmas Story?” Most people think of joy, peace, and happiness. There are many reasons to have these emotions. The birth of a child, for example, brings great joy and happiness to the parents, family and friends. The birth of Jesus means that the Savior of the world has been born and has come to forge the pathway for our salvation. Very few people focus on the sadder side of the “Christmas Story.” A mother is unable to find a suitable place to bring her child into the world, a child who would ultimately be denied by a majority of his friends as he undergoes a tortuous death for the forgiveness of the world’s sins.
Why is it so easy for us to focus on the positive instead of the negative in the “Christmas Story?” The answer is easy—it does not affect us at that moment. If we were Mary or Joseph, we would have been upset that there were no rooms at the inn. We would ask how God could allow his only son to be born in a stable, and we would go on and on. The complaints would be endless. This happens in our daily life as we complain or focus on the negatives in our life of what we don’t have. We allow that negativity to steal our daily joyous moments.
Today’s challenge for you is to live today and every day as if it was Christmas. Focus on what you do have and the joyous events throughout the day such as a warm hug, laughing children and knowing that God loves you so much that he sent his only begotten Son to die for your sins so that you could spend eternity with Him. By focusing on the blessing, you will notice God is at work in your daily life.