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Reindeer in Distress!

Romans 12:6-8

If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
I got home late last night and I happened to glance up and see this funny scene…it looked as if reindeer antlers were stuck in the icicles on our house.  Of course it is just a tree branch but it sure struck me as funny and then I began to think upon this silly situation.  What if Santa had to perform his duties on Christmas night with just 7 reindeer?  Would it change the story?  Would they have to rewrite the song and if so, which reindeer would they leave out?  On further thinking, I wondered why we have such a focus on Santa and his reindeer anyways with it being Jesus’ birthday and all.  Which, caused be to think about a message I heard once about Jesus being born in September…..hmmmmmm… things that make me go and ponder!
When I sat myself down and thought about all of these things today I began to think to myself, ” Do we really need Christmas?”.  My answer?  Of course we do! Whether we believe in the birth of a savior or the bringing of joy by a jolly old elf, it still causes families to connect and cheer to be spread.  I know some push the envelope and make Christmas a much bigger deal than need be, however, at the end of it all, joy was shared right?  Okay maybe not with every situation but overall there is a pause in life for just a few moments to share gifts with friends and family.
I also meditated about those who have no one this holiday.  The forgot ones who life has just pushed aside for whatever reasons.  They are the ones who need a Christmas hope more than anyone else and if that hope comes from someone giving them a gift from Santa then at least love was shared and what is love? God.  Perhaps if there was a better balance between Jesus and Santa I could feel more at ease with Santa.  I remember when my kids were young, I hated Santa.  I could not get over the fact that he was getting all the credit for what we as parents worked hard to get.  I was just ever so happy for Christmas to be done.
I challenge each of us this year to step away from Christmas and reevaluate our perspective of it.  Are we in it for the gifts or the love?  Do we have a desire to bless others or do we just want to get something good?  I am not sure where I lost my love for Christmas, but I know I need to get a new look at it in my heart.  I want to bring joy and hope.  I just want people to see Jesus in Christmas again.

This Is My Song

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Ever think that your life is a song?  A series of notes strung together making a melody others can witness to that God is Mighty and strong in your life? A verse after verse, line upon line version of a melody God made over you even before you were formed in your mothers womb.  Perhaps a tune that everyone else found catchy worthy of learning to sing over the pain in their own lives. Does your life your “sing” to others? Do your actions portray a walk with God worthy of others wanting to follow?

My song began when I was born, as did yours.  We were given life and air to breathe.  We are given but one chance at this earthly life and it is our choices which dictated the tune of our song.  Sometimes the song is angry and bitter while other times it is happy and carefree.  We get to choose the lyrics as we go depending on our life circumstances and how we react to situations which arise.  Yes, we are the songwriters if we choose to be.  Perhaps you would rather have someone else write your lyrics, but what does that say about who you are in Christ?

I have chosen in recent days to follow my own heart melody and write my own lyrics, ad God as my only guide.  As I find myself divorcing my husband of 20 years and entering into a new phase of my life, I feel like I am giving more life to my song than ever before.  When I was in the middle of my marriage, I was letting my husband write my lyrics.  I allowed him to dictate what the next part of the my song would be and I pushed God, the Creator of my life-song, as far from me as I could.  I was ashamed of the choices I had made in my life and I felt I had to fix my “tune” before I could even let God finish my song.

As I am finding more freedom every day to express who I really am, my song is beginning to have ryhme and reason.  It now has a beat and rythm all its’ own because I am becoming the song God intended me to be.  I can be expressive and entertaining now that I no longer have to hide behind my fears.  The words I string together now speak life rather than death.  The lyrics can now push through the darkness that shrouded my life for awhile, allowing others to see the Light like never before.

In less than two months I will be divorced and beginning a new adventure in my life.  Some like my new song and others are covering thier ears and choosing to turn the other way, however, I am secure in my God, knowing this path I am on is the right one.  I am in a right relationship with God and I am trusting Him fully in the direction He is taking me.  As each new day begins to unfold, I am finding new joy and wonderful happiness, things I had been lacking for so long.

I know things will seem strange to those who are not walking as deep as I am, just know that if God is for me, then who shall be against me?  I am choosing to live life finally and I am ready for God to take me by the hand and give me the words and the lyrics to finish out my life song.  Whether you agree or disagree is irrelevant because this is between God and I, therefore, no regrets to the past and I am moving forward into the destiny God has ALREADY planned out for my life.

“My life song is made up of joys and sorrows, but most of all, its about what God has done for me and what He has created.”