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Post  Admin on Mon 21 Dec 2015, 11:39 pm

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Don't be a Christmas Jerk
Isaiah 9:6
One of my favorite Christmas stories is the classic Christmas Carol by 
Charles Dickens. Last year my wife and I enjoyed a fantastic stage 
production of
this wonderful old story.

It seems every Christmas story has to have a Scrooge, from predictable 
Hallmark dramas to children's books. The reason we always write a jerk into 
our
holiday stories is because it's true. It's real life.

Today I want to encourage you not to be a Christmas jerk. Don't be the 
Scrooge. It's all too easy. Maybe you're expecting an Xbox and you get a 
sweater.
Maybe your parents have to tighten the belt and you have fewer packages 
under the tree. Maybe Christmas is a tough time because you're reminded 
again of
the fragility and dysfunction of your family. Perhaps you wish your family 
would be like the others who seem to have it all together.

Or... maybe you're stressed out because you have a ton of stuff to do. 
Recitals, plays, people, parties.

The circumstances and environment around the holidays make it all too easy 
to fall into jerk mode. And I'm saying, don't let it happen. Why? Because, 
of
all people, it is
Christians
who should be full of joy on Christmas. Why? Becasuse this is the 
celebration of our story, how God moved dramatically to rescue His creation 
by sending
Jesus to live, first as a baby, then as a growing boy, and then as a man.

Christmas is good news. It is God's entrance into the world. God didn't stay 
in Heaven as a detached deity, he moved to become flesh. What a powerful 
story.

How do you avoid becoming a Christmas jerk? First, meditate on the story. Go 
back to the chapters in Isaiah and Matthew and Luke. Remember why we 
celebrate.
Second, go with the flow. What I mean is hold your Christmas plans loosely. 
Remember its about love, about giving, about peace. So if you get stiffed on
the Xbox, let it go. Third, find ways to give back this Christmas. Is there 
a needy child, a program at your church, a community center that needs 
you're time and perhaps your money? Give. Fourth, don't get hung up on frivolous 
stuff. Don't be a Christian who whines about commercialization, about the 
"War on Christmas." Just fight against those with genuine, Holy-Spirit-led 
Christmas cheer.

Strive this year, to be part of the good at Christmas. And leave the 
jerkiness to Dickens, Hallmark Channel, and others.

Check out our Christmas Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/LuvChristmas.

Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is 
Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook
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