News for the week of Friday, December 6, 2013

Opinion — Reflections
A Pre-Christmas Check List
By Lonnie Wilkey
editor, Baptist and Reflector

As Christmas fast approaches (21 days from the date of this publication) we would do well to remember some key thoughts about the Christmas season.

(1) It is Christmas. Don’t be ashamed to say, “Merry Christmas.” Let others worry about being politically correct. We need to worry about being Christ correct. We don’t have to make a big deal out of saying “Merry Christmas.”

(2) Keep Christ in the center of Christmas. It is easy to get distracted by the beautiful Christmas lights and all the hustle and bustle of the season, but don’t lose sight of the reason we celebrate Christmas. God allowed His only Son to come to earth to take our sins upon Himself, and then die a horrific death on the cross so we can have eternal life if we confess our sins and surrender ourselves to Him.

(3) Christmas can be a sad time for many people, especially if you have lost a loved one during the year. When you feel yourself becoming depressed, sing a Christmas carol or thank God for what He has given you, not what you don’t have.

(4) Don’t try to out give friends and family members. Swapping gifts shouldn’t become a burden. Give from your heart and as you can afford. Keep in mind that no gift we could ever give or receive is better than God’s gift to us (see number 2 above).

After all, Jesus is still the reason for the season!


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