I sat in a coffee shop a few evenings ago, enjoying a coffee after some outdoor mall Christmas shopping. The seating area was filled with warm conversations and laughter, with the anticipation of the countdown to Christmas Day.
Sitting nearby was a family who had gathered to meet their new grandchild. One baby…
…..One tiny life, dominated everything and everyone’s attention. It changed everyone and everything.
A man and a woman marry and start a life together. They are young and immature, and understandably, are fairly self-centered in their lifestyle. And then a baby comes along, and changes everything!
Nothing makes you grow up quicker. Nothing changes your priorities more. Your sleep schedule changes. Your social life pauses indefinitely. Your love life must alter. Y our house is not as quiet. It also smells different. Your money vanishes. You must humble yourself to degrading tasks.
A baby changes everything, so you make changes as necessary, and, indeed, the baby does need changing every time you turn around. You think you are changing them, but really they are changing you. You want to mold and shape this new life, but at least at first, only YOU are being transformed!
A baby changes everything.
When Jesus came into this world as a vulnerable baby, He came to change us! To redeem us. And once we surrender our lives to this King… WE are changed… Forever.
This is the message of Christmas.
“You know that Christ came to take away our sins. To change everything. There is no sin in Him,”1 John 3:5.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.