I was going to write a post about staying on track during the holiday season… but I decided against it. It seems like everyone and their literal moms have been there done that, so I will link you to my two favorite posts that I feel do it best:
- Tips and Tricks for Holiday Eating by Nick Cheadle and Mike Samuels
- How to Not Fall Off During the Holidays by Katie Ringley
I do want to share something very personal, however, which I don't do too often. So please read this with an open mind and heart.
I am a Christian. I'm not the kind of Christian that shoves a bible down people's throats or goes up to strangers in the mall to "witness." I don't carry signs of hatred or throw people down on the floor street-fighter style. Pretty sure Jesus didn't do that either. I feel like in America everyone says they are a Christian and the truth of who Jesus is has become so diluted, even tainted. It's very sad. Plumb articulates it perfectly in the lyrics of her song "Drugstore Jesus":
All your gold turns to dust//All your masses lose your trust//This grand illusion, this planned confusion//this substitution is tainted love//You're a drugstore Jesus, the miracle is gone//You're a drugstore Jesus a saint for everyone, but the world goes on…
I just wanted to share what's on my heart today about why I actually celebrate Christmas. This is something so much more important to me than the macro experiment, going to the gym, songwriting, and really anything else in my life. I celebrate Christmas because I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus (literally) was born on the earth, lived a perfect life, and died to save the world. I believe in absolute truth. Just like the moon is not made out of cheese and the earth is acutally round, I believe in the absolute truth that Jesus is real. It is not something that should be taken lightly or be the butt of stupid jokes. Sorry to be morbid but we are all going to die one day, and that's just the straight up truth.
If you have ever been burned by a "Christian" or a church… or if hearing the name "Jesus" carries some kind of negative connotation for whatever reason, I am so sorry. We've done such a crappy job as Christians in sharing who Jesus REALLY is. I've done a crappy job and I apologize. I just want you to know the reality of His love. He knows every hair on your head (Matt 10:30), every thought in your mind (Psalm 139:2), and loves you more than you could comprehend (John 15:13). Think about the one person you love the most--maybe you have a child--or even a dog. Now try and multiply that love a million times. Hard to imagine isn't it?
Anyways, I want to keep this short and sweet although I feel like I could write a book about it. God loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to experience the reality of His love. If you ever want to talk about it or have any questions, please feel free to email me. I am very open-minded and love talking about anything. I am far from perfect and I do not judge others... so don't ever be afraid to reach out to me!
So MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Enjoy this time celebrating with friends and family. Enjoy the conversations, enjoy yummy food, and enjoy making memories… and don't forget the Reason for the season. Love you all! :)
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
-- Isaiah 9:6