Everyone has a favorite Christmas. Maybe yours is the time you traveled to a stunning place. Perhaps you remember getting a favorite gift that you were wanting. If we want a great Christmas, how do we make this Christmas better? Yes there are many events we can go to and see different things, but what we really need is an attitude change. We need God to remind us how blessed we really are.
Worship involves a lot of thanksgiving. We can praise the Lord for all that He has done. We can give a testimony about something God did.
Matthew Henry has a well know collection called the Matthew Henry Bible Commentary. When I get ready for a sermon, I often turn to his Bible notes. Once, Matthew Henry was attacked and robbed. All of his money was gone. It would have been understandable if he was angry, but here’s what he wrote in his diary: “Let me be thankful. First, I was never robbed before. Second, although they took my purse they didn’t take my life. Third, although they took my all, it was not that much. And fourth, let me be thankful, because it was I who was robbed and not I who did the robbing.”
What a great example of having a positive attitude. I encourage you to spend time and not money this Christmas. Go visit your friends or family that you don’t often see. Make a phone call to see how your fellow Church member is doing. The world might be able to knock us down, but they can’t stop a heart of thanksgiving.
You may say, “Pastor Caleb how is thankfulness going to help me this Christmas? Because if we think about all we can get, we will miss the point. Jesus came this earth to serve and not to be served. The same goes with us, we are to serve the people of this World. Take time this Christmas to pray and give thanks to God. Go to a good Christ-centered Church where you can be thankful for the Birth of Jesus.
What is Christmas about? It’s about God becoming a man, living a perfect life, and sinners asking for forgiveness. Jesus died not only for the whole world, He died for you. If you want this Christmas to become better than last year, be like Matthew Henry, take time to be thankful.