Today I want to break from the usual format and I want to talk to you. Whoever you are. Wherever you are. There are times when I feel like I want to reach through this keyboard, through the internet and the screen on my computer and touch a heart. I have no idea who’s or where that heart may be. Maybe it’s mine. But somewhere a heart needs to be touched. And I don’t know how to do it. So I just start writing.
There’s so much brokeness and pain in this world. So much hurt and suffering. But there’s also joy. There’s gladness and happiness worth sharing. It’s all part of our human experience. It’s all a part of living a fallen life, but being redeemed by a Savior too.
At the Cross Jesus changed it all. At the Cross all can be changed. At the Cross, the Bible says, every knee will bow. But we’re held back so often. Phoniness ruins a lot of our faithfulness. Lies destroy our trust. And pretty soon we give up. We give in. We stop being children and grow up. Or do we? Is what we call growing up actually a regression? Jesus said, “Unless you believe like a child…”
How many of us believed in Santa as children? It’s struck me this Christmas season, what if we believed in Christ the way a four year old little girl believes in Santa. I heard a little girl at my house say the other day, “If you believe Santa is real you can hear the bells.” We all know Santa is a fictional character. As adults we’ve seen the evidence. We’ve pretended to be him to others. We know that “his” presents don’t come from a sleigh, but from a store. Sadly, as adults many of us have experienced Jesus a lot like Santa. He was so real when we were little. But as times passes, His smile dims. As times passes we hear rumors. We hear that He’s not true. As time passes. But those rumors. Those rumors are just what they are. Santa doesn’t have a Bible. Jesus does. Santa can’t stir a heart. Jesus does. Santa can’t slide down your chimney. But Jesus. Jesus won’t be coming down your chimney no, but He does desire a place in your home. He can sneak into a heart. He can leave gifts. Gifts so precious they can’t be valued. Gifts we all need. “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” – Jesus – Matthew 19:14
Bells won’t ring in your head when Jesus enters your heart. But there is a feeling. A feeling of joy and peace in a tumultuous world. Whatever it is that’s holding you back. Whatever it is that’s hurting you. Whatever it is that tamps down your faith. Let Jesus take it. There will be liars. There will be people taking advantage. There will be temptations to break the faith. But through it all. Through everything. The Cross stands as a reminder of what’s been done for you alone. Jesus died for you because He loves you. If there is one message I could give to this world. If there’s one thing I could write on my tombstone it would be, “Jesus loves you.” So today I’ll break tradition. I’ll break format. It’s just me here to say, Jesus loves you.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,