Thanks to all of you who responded to last time's post when I asked, "What would you be doing now if you WERE that person you imagined yourself being on Christmas Eve?" Let's take a look at that, because it's really important for BOTH of the occasions we're celebrating.
It's cool that all of you Marys, shepherds, angels and Josephs agreed on two things about what you would be doing in the days after Jesus was born :
(1) You would be figuring out what to do now that life had changed -- like -- totally.
(2) You would be telling everyone what happened -- in big time praise.
And here's the deal -- on this Seventh Day of Christmas, we really should be doing some major praising, some huge spreading of joy. While some people have the after Christmas let-down going on, YOU are more jazzed than ever because you know once again that Jesus coming here makes all the difference.
* You don't have to worry because he's always there with the answer, the comfort, the whatever-you-need for anything that happens.
* Seeing Jesus, you now know what God is like, and what God is like is unconditionally loving -- something nobody else can be (although parents come close sometimes)
* You try to be the best you can be, but you also know that when you do make mistakes (and you will because, hello, you're a person) you'll be forgiven AND guided into how to be even better.
That MATTERS, so why would you feel let-down and bummed out and funky because Christmas Day is over? It's like having new Leggos to play with -- only way, way, way more important.
And as for New Year's Eve, again, we SHOULD be doing what Mary and Joseph and the shepherds did. We need to look ahead and think, "Now that life is so changed, what should I do?"
That's going to look different for everyone, but here are some examples:
*Because you can look to our Lord Christ for everything you need, you can write in your Talking To God Journal about that girl who bullies you, or that friend who isn't acting like a friend, or that habit you have that you know you need to break (lying? putting off homework? excessive nose-picking?) You know God-in-Christ will answer you.
*Because you know God loves you no matter what, you can have the confidence to try some new things, reach out to some new people, stand up for something you believe in (anti-bullying? anti-gossiping? anti-cheating?) That's just how it works when you feel secure and loved.
*Because you know you're forgiven you can stop beating yourself up, stop feeling guilty, stop thinking of yourself as a bad person -- and instead use that energy for something good.
This isn't about making New Year's Resolutions you aren't going to keep anyway. That only makes you feel guiltier! It's about changing how you THINK, now that you realize what Jesus coming here really means in your individual mini-woman life. So ...
Your Talking To God Journal Topic: Consider those three things (knowing Jesus is there to help you, knowing God loves you no matter what, and knowing you're forgiven) and tell God what you think you'd like to do now. Of course, ask for help with that and keep writing. You'll be amazed at what will come out on the page.
If you want to post a comment about this post (AND ONLY ABOUT THIS POST -- SEE * BELOW), tell us one thing you think you'll do differently this year because you've realized what believing in Jesus really, really means in your life.
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I will see you next year, Min-Women!