"I love the sense of satisfaction that I get when I’ve done a swimming workout or race, and know that I gave my whole being and heart to God in every moment of the swim. It’s the best worship I can offer him."
Xmas 2013Finding the real Christmas
Christmas is nearly upon us. The world and his sister are looking forward to a nice break from work. Shame that you work in the world of sport. Nice break over Christmas, don’t make me laugh. If you are a player or coach you might be training on Christmas Day. And the rest of you, even if you get Christmas day off, you are likely to be working pretty soon afterwards. The rest of the country may be on holiday but in the sport and leisure industry it can be one of your busiest periods.
In the midst of the busyness let’s not lose sight of what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is not about wearing a Santa Claus hat, eating too many mince pies or trying to buy presents for relatives you don’t really like and spending as little as you can on them.
Christmas is about Jesus. The angels’ message can be summed up in three simple statements:
There is good news
The good news is for everyone
The good news starts by finding Jesus.
It is as much good news in 2013 as it was when the angels announced it to the shepherds over 2000 years ago. The whole Christmas story has the stamp of God. It changed human history forever. Nothing will be the same again. God became man. By believing in Jesus we can start a new life. We can be saved from judgment and from hell. What is more Jesus promises that he will never leave you.
If your greatest need was information, God would have sent a teacher.
If your greatest need was technology, God would have sent a scientist.
If your greatest need was money, God would have sent a financial expert.
If your greatest need was pleasure and fun, God would have sent a entertainer.
But our greatest need is forgiveness. Therefore God sent a saviour!
(by Anton Schulte)
May the joy of the angels
The eagerness of the shepherds
The perseverance of the wise men
The obedience of Joseph and Mary
And the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas
Photo: Glasgow 2014