To anyone reading this, thank you and Merry Christmas!
I am truly grateful for every person who takes the time to read my blog posts, follow me on Instagram, and watch my unending IG stories. You know, I’ve wanted be a ‘blogger’ since middle school.
In fact, I remember creating a blog in middle school called “Victoria’s Not So Secret Life” and writing about the many plights of a typical middle schooler, complete with family drama and extreme exaggeration (but IT WAS the end of the world to poor 8th grade Victoria). I tried finding that blog not too long ago, but to no avail, unfortunately. Because it would have been hilarious, I’m sure. It’s probably still out there somewhere on the great world wide web, to be found one day by my great-grandchild. NO, FAM, THIS IS NOT A HINT THAT I’M PREGNANT. Just speaking figuratively.
Anyways, last month, I launched my blog and committed to consistently work on it for at least an entire year. Because things don’t usually just happen unless you take action. And you don’t always see results overnight. I guess I started my New Year’s resolution early.
You know, we humans tend to be fairly impatient. Oh, that’s just me? Yeah, I didn’t think so. We come up with ideas or plans and want to see the fruit of our labor right away. And when we don’t? We often quit. It’s why I gave myself a time frame with the whole blog thing.
I promise I’m bringing this back around to Christmas.
Anyways, can you imagine choosing to start a 33 year long plan that begins with you being a helpless baby and ends in a painful death? Yeah, I think I’d want to quit that plan before I even started it. But Jesus (thank goodness He isn’t just human), did exactly that by choosing to come to the world as a baby and then live on Earth for 33 years before being crucified. All the while, He knew the plan. He knew what was coming and He came here with a purpose. Jesus’ whole life was a serious commitment to a specific plan.
It’s easy to become all too familiar with the Christmas story, hearing it year after year. For those of us who grew up in church, you could probably sing every Christmas hymn and recite the story of Jesus’ birth by heart. You say “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “don’t take Christ out of Christmas,” but are you really in awe of the Christmas story anymore? Are they just words you’re speaking or does this knowledge actually make a difference in the way you live? (My pastor actually preached a sermon on this last Sunday, you can watch it here.)
So, this year think about Christmas from a different perspective and watch all of your awe and wonder return. As you start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and realize that 80% of these resolutions fail by February…remember that Jesus chose to commit to a 33 year long plan (a very difficult and painful plan), for YOU. Someone who wouldn’t even be born until thousands of years later.
When I really sit down and think about it, it truly is the most stunning and inspiring story. Ever.
So, Merry Christmas! May your days be merry and bright. May they be filled with peace, love, joy, and thanksgiving. And as you exchange gifts with your loved ones, may you always remember the greatest gift of all.
By, Victoria Marie.