The other day, I was taking a journey down “memory lane” and thinking about our kids and some of the events in their lives. There were Thanksgivings and Christmases and birthday parties. There were athletic events and trips. There were even some broken bones and a few surgeries. All of these were a part of our lives.
As I contemplated these things, one event seemed to stick out in my mind. When our son was young, we sent him to preschool. During that time, he had a routine eye examine, and the report came back that we might want to have his eyes checked. We did that and discovered that he did indeed need glasses. We got the prescription filled, and Joshua got his first pair of spectacles. I will never forget his response when we walked out of the office, and he looked around. He said, “Wow, I can see a mile!”
The lesson that I learned is that we may think we are seeing clearly, but we are really missing some significant things that are all around us. That is so easy to do.
Take this time of year. We see all the stuff of Christmas — the lights, the programs, the gifts, the family activities, the decorations and everything else that seem to consume our lives. But, do we see the significance of Christmas?
You see, the significance of Christmas is that God sent His only begotten Son into a lost and dying world to be the Savior of the World. It is about the truth that this “babe in a manger” is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who humbled Himself and came to earth so that mankind could have a relationship with a Holy God.
Let me encourage you to take a “Christmas Eye Test.” Look around. What do you really see, and do you clearly see it? Do you see Christmas as God intended you to see it, or is your vison “blurred?” Clearly, Christmas is all about seeing God’s Love when He sent His Son to be the Savior of the World.
Pastor Tom – Philippians 3:14