Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Lights

I recently read an article about the origins of different Christmas traditions. The decorations and activities come from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures, all adapted through the years to symbolize parts of the Christmas story: evergreen trees and decorations to remind us of the everlasting life the Savior came to bring; lights to remind us that Christ is the light of the world; gifts to remind us of the gifts brought to the Savior by the wise men and that Christ is the greatest Gift of all. Some people object to “pagan” traditions being adapted to Christian meanings, but I'm not sure I follow that line of reasoning. I think it's a good idea to use everything in our life to remind us about Jesus. If there are things in our life that don't remind us of the Savior, those things probably don't need to be there in the first place. This year, give yourself a present: watch for ways you can see and show others the Savior in everything you do.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Merry Christmas!