The Birth of _____?

That is a strange title, but I have a question.  What do we think about at this time of the year?  Of course, you are right, we think about the birth of Jesus, one lying in a manger destined to save us all from our sins, but we normally don’t think of a birth simply as a change in our way of doing things. And yet this is exactly what our Father desires us to do.  This baby to be born was to change our lives forever; this was not simply the birth of a new creation, but the beginning of a new way of life.  You may be thinking that you like your life exactly the way it is, but God has always desired for our lives to be special in a way we have never properly understood.  We were created for greatness in our Father’s plan; people that would come to realize what life is really all about.

You may think that you already have a pretty good idea of what it is to be a proper citizen of His kingdom, but there just may be more He hopes we will one day begin to comprehend.  It is not to be a simple, free-from-all-stress world where nothing is too complicated to handle.  Just exactly the opposite, it is to be a world where intelligence overshadows temporary feelings, a place where God’s people, even with earthly problems, can begin to face each other seeing the grand possibilities of what we were actually created for; a place where fences would be torn down and languages would no longer be a barrier.  Before you jump to the conclusion that things could become boring if we had no strife, consider how a smile on another’s face makes you a happier person.  Think about having no language barriers, no stringent rules about what people should look like or what they would like or not like.  A place where when you walked down the street you could expect to see a smiling, happy face; a person simply happy to be alive on such a lovely day.

Yes, I can see you shaking your head thinking that will never happen, but it could you know, especially if God’s people would really try to understand why He created us in the first place.  At this time of the year when our thoughts are quite naturally turned to the birth of a Savior maybe we should consider remembering just why our Savior was born and actually walked this earth.  Being alone is never fun, but being alone in a crowd is often where we find ourselves these days.  Don’t you think it might be time for a change?  That sad looking fellow standing next to you in the grocery line just might have a spirit that is full of jewels.  I wonder if it just might be time to have a rebirth of what used to be a grand nation.  We could do it with just a little help.

God’s Word tells us that Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper (Psalm 1:1-3).  Close your eyes for just a moment and try to imagine what life could really be like if we really liked each other.

Maybe we could consider going back to a better time and bringing it back for a better future.  We could initiate a different kind of Christmas season; a year in which our Lord would smile and be happy that His children finally have learned to like each other regardless of their differences.  We could choose to be reborn as we remember the birth of our Lord.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate,
As we voyage along through life,
‘Tis the set of the soul that decides the goal
And not the calm or the strife.

                                                                                      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox