The Christmas Season is a time when we celebrate promises kept and prophecies fulfilled. This prophecy becomes reality when Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem on Christmas Day.
So, when I am opening up my presents and eating too much food on Christmas Day, I need to remind myself about the meaning of Christmas. For me that message is best illustrated in Luke 2:8-12
The message of the Angel to the shepherds wonderfully states the purpose of God sending his son, Jesus to Earth. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
I believe the purpose was for the Shepherds to proclaim to the rest of the world that the Messiah was born. The Shepherds were God’s way of demonstrating that the Messiah had come to save all people from every corner of the Earth.
For me that means God through Jesus is there for me in all have do is invite God in. How magnificent is it to know that I am loved by God for every moment of my life. What a great message to reflect on at Christmas.
In Mark 13:33, Jesus said to his disciples, “Be watchful! Be alert!”
I think Jesus is asking wherever I am or whatever I do it is always important to be ready for the unforeseen circumstances that may occur. Hence, the need for an open mindset that requires flexibility so I can react appropriately to the matter at hand.
Therefore, this allows me to make the choices according to God’s will. Thus, I am making decisions with purpose and meaning and not reacting straight away without thinking it out and listening to the voices around me. How many times do we wish we could take our actions and words back. Moreover, the friction we have in our relationships can be easily avoided.
Furthermore, being proactive is a great way of dealing with conflict and resolution. By not burying our head in the sand but being aware of challenging situations that arise we can dismantle the tensions that may boil over. Additionally, we creating positive outcomes for all parties involved instead of a fractured atmosphere that lingers on.
So, when we are watchful and alert we are being transparent, listening, pre-emptive and taking time to reflect on our words and actions where solutions can be achieved without repercussions that jeopardize relationships. Hence, in peace and harmony with the world.