While approaching yet another Christmas season we need to focus more on the Reason for the Season and less about materialism.  It is time to concentrate on Christ in Christmas and less on the gift giving and receiving.  God wants us to enjoy holidays and have traditions, but also to remember the reason Jesus came to earth to be born in a lowly manger.  Most of us have heard the urban legend (fictitious story) about the couple that threw a party to celebrate the christening of their infant child with their relatives and friends. Just prior to the guests arriving they put the baby on the bed to nap while they greeted everyone.  All were so wrapped up in each other, the infant was soon forgotten and it was not realized that guests were piling their coats on top of the baby smothering the infant child. The baby was forgotten during the fanfare of the party. We as Christians need to always remember to keep the baby Jesus in the forefront during this busy Christmas season.  We live in a fallen world that desperately needs to hear the gospel. It is our responsibility to share with others why Jesus came to earth.

Below are two very famous professional football players and two very different ways in how they have managed to handle the blessings that God has given to them.

The first is one of the greatest quarterback’s in football history, which is New England Patriot’s Tom Brady.  He did an interview on 60 Minutes in 2009.  The interviewer was surprised to hear that with all Tom’s fame, money, and career accomplishments he had this to say, “Why do I have 3 Super Bowl rings and still think there is something greater out there for me. I think there has to be something more than this.”

The other athlete, also a football player, is Tim Tebow. He is a strong Christian who has faced controversy for his faith and his career which has been anything but smooth.  He recently stated, “What’s going to sustain you is a relationship with Christ. That’s going to give you the strength to get through everything else you go through in life. My significance doesn’t come in what the media says about me, what type of car I drive, what type of home I have, but it comes from who I am in Christ”.  Tim Tebow is very content in what he has in Christ.  The last chapter of his book Shaken is titled What Matters Most. The applause he most wants to hear is for his Father in Heaven to say to Him one day, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Matthew 6 :19 tells us, “Do not store up treasures here on earth, where they will be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth eaten, or rusty, and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your heart is, there your heart and thought will also be.”

Please remember this Christmas season to keep Christ in Christmas and all year long and to count your many blessings.

Dave Burgess