Each year Christmas has a different theme for me. Some years it is gratitude for reaching Christmas again. Some years it is sorrow left over from the year’s grief. Others, it is just a blur of busyness.
I want to share with you my theme for this Christmas because I think it just might change your life.
Keep reading and let me know in the comments.
Christmas can be about many things depending on your disposition, upbringing, and faith. Children are notoriously interested in the presents and toys they receive. Growing older the meaning changes to giving generously. People of Christian faith point to the birth of Jesus as the “reason for the season” while people without faith avoid the holiday altogether or use it to celebrate family and thankfulness.
This year, for me, the significance is God. That may seem trite but hear me out.
The other day I spent an hour trying to remember enough Hebrew to look up a word used in Lamentations 3:24 used for “portion.” I had to use Strong’s to find the right word then looked it up in BDB (for the uninitiated, BDB is a Hebrew lexicon…language nerd stuff).
It turns out the Hebrew word for “portion” means “portion.” Learning that the word means exactly what you think it means happens in word studies sometimes. But this was not a total loss because seeing the other uses of the word sparked a question.
The other uses refer to land, food, booty (the spoil of war kind not that other kind) and people. And, of course, God. This is where it gets interesting.
In each case one’s “portion” is what they receive, possess, or own. Your portion is your piece of the proverbial pie. It’s what you get out of life.
Like the sun rising over the Eastern plains, this question dawned on me slowly:
What if God is what I get out of life?
The light is dim at first but suddenly shines in your eyes too brightly to let you see anything else for awhile.
Everyone you know is trying to get something from life. You probably know a shallow person who insists life is merely about sex, drugs, and rock and roll or however people are putting it these days. You probably also know a wise person who tells you that relationships are most important.
People pursue many things in life but they fall into three categories:
- Money – Poor and rich alike pursue money. One to make ends meet; the other to make their mark.
- Relationships – Everyone desires to love and be loved. Sometimes it’s the absence of love that drives people to craft unhealthy relationships.
- Power – Some people just want influence. They want to control and they are not satisfied with anything until they get it. They manipulate. They lie. They ruin anyone in their way. This probably does not describe you, though, because most of these people are in Congress.
Christmas is the perfect time to consider what you want out of life. No other holiday has the dynamic of Christmas with it’s strange blend of malls-to-the-wall materialism, don’t-want-to-be-there family gatherings, and that-one-relative-who-just-won’t-be-satisfied power plays.
Contrast it all with the meekness of a baby-burrito in a common feeding trough and you may wonder if it is enough.
Seems easy enough. If you’re like me you know the “right” answer but deep down you prefer the other stuff.
Still, the question burrows into your heart and makes you wonder. How would your life be different if all you wanted out of it was God? What decisions would you make differently?
This brings us back to that baby. He was born to bring us back to God. He was born to restore a relationship between God and humankind.
He was born to make God your portion, the best gift of all.
Merry Christmas, friends!