Perspective

birthday cakeImagine it’s your birthday.

You’ve waited all year to celebrate.

You’re not a flashy person, by any means. In fact, your calmness is what attracts people to you.

You have many friends, a few to whom you’re very close.

When together, you try to solve all of the world’s problems; you talk about love, life, marriage, divorce, money, children, aging, sickness, health, the true meaning of wealth… and everything in between. 

Sometimes you and your friends talk SO much – about SO much – you truly believe you’re going to change the world. “If only I were King…” right?!?

You’re a good person.  A REALLY good person…  a softhearted, salt of the earth, “I’d trust you with my life” kind-of-a-person.

Everyone who knows you absolutely loves you.

They enjoy being around you so much that they’ll go out of their way to spend time with you because your presence brings them great peace.

They respect you and the way you’ve chosen to live your life, often thinking, “I’d like to be more like that.

You’re intelligent, yet humble. Patient and kind.

You judge no one because you identify with everyone.

You’re quick to forgive those who have wronged you because #hatehurts and #lovewins.

Everyone who knows you literally thinks the world of you. A single word spoken against your character would bring tears and heartache to the ones who love you most.

Your parents have cherished you since the day you were born; they couldn’t wait to share you with the world.

Even so, your friends and coworkers are the ones you walk with on a daily basis. They see your struggles and are inspired by your strength.

Many say your life is “picture perfect” and, truly, it is.

Best part is… It. Is. Your. Birthday!

The time to celebrate is FINALLY here.

Thing is, there’s this guy who shows up to your party EVERY year. Uninvited.

He’s not nearly as refined as you are and quite honestly some people think there’s something “off” about him. They just don’t know what it is.

He’s nice enough, but he only comes around every so often. And when he does, he steals the show.

Some have an easier time understanding him than others but to be honest, no one really knows too much about him or where he comes from.

It bothers you that he hogs all the attention on your special day, but you don’t have the heart to say anything. Everyone’s together celebrating your birthday and that makes you happy.

So you sit back and watch, waiting to see if things will be different next year. Hoping someday all the hoopla will be about you and your birthday, not your friend and his flash.

I wonder if that’s how Jesus feels about Santa. You?

If looking for ways to enjoy the Truth this holiday season by putting Christ back in Christmas, check out some of these ideas:

  1. Reconsider forcing your children to sit on Santa’s lap.
  2. Write a Santa a different kind of letter.
  3. Play with the elf, together.
  4. Help your children experience what Jesus meant when he said, “It’s better to give than to receive” all year long (not just during the holidays).

Beth NowakBeth Nowak is a believer, dreamer, wife and mother, former Kindergarten teacher, and founder of GivingFamilies.com where she helps parents and children (ages 4+) “make memories while making a difference.” She’s also a mental health activist, TEDx presenter and inspirational speaker promoting civic engagement as a holistic approach to healing. For more information on the many topics she presents on, please click here.

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