December has always held special meaning for me and for three reasons, three dates specifically and all dealing with the “Gift of Life”.
The first date is December 15th. When I was nineteen I almost died! I was rushed to the hospital by my sister, who saved my life. The doctors had to act fast, because had my sister gotten me to the hospital an hour later, I would have died! I wouldn’t have made it! The doctors and nurses were shocked that I survived the fatal circumstances and that I was able to leave the hospital a few days later with out any damage done to my vital organs and without any brain damage, which was the biggest concern. Since that December 15th day, I have never forgotten my second chance at life. To this day I can still remember what it felt like to be dying and the feeling of life draining from my body, its not something one can ever forget. I have never looked at life the same way again. It was a reminder just how precious and fleeting life truly is. I praise God for saving my life and my sister, my brave sister is a hero in my books!
Now the second date is December 1st. The following December after my near death experience, I was dealing with a hardship and though I had been raised in a Christian home and asked God into my heart when I was three. That moment everyone talks about when they feel the change and become like a new person, I had never experienced that before. Well on this particular day I was in the living room and just crying out to God, asking for His help. At that moment I fell to my knees and as I prayed I looked up toward the Heavens. When that happened all the overwhelming feelings of a crushed spirit and heartache instantly dissipated. I remember wondering why tears were falling from my face because I no longer felt any pain or heart ache regarding that hardship! In that moment when I asked God into my heart again, I felt the Holy Spirit this time! I felt something inside me that I had never felt before and I have never been the same since! It doesn’t mean I don’t stumble from time to time or make mistakes, but my overall focus, has been Christ focused since that December 1st day. I finally knew and understood about the change everyone else always told me they experienced. I finally got to experience it for myself. To me my bday in Christ, on December 1st is far more important to me than my physical birthdate. The reason for that is the physical birthdate is a date that signifies my time here on earth while my birthday in Christ determines the rest of my life and where I will spend eternity. A great reminder that we are not to be of this world only in it and that Christ died so we may have eternal life not earthly life.
Which brings me to the third and most important December date, the 25th. One of three important dates, the other being Christ death & resurrection. All instrumental in forever impacting and determining the rest of my life and yours. When the Christ child was born, His life, death, and resurrection changed everything! Without Jesus being born, a Savior to rescue us, and ultimately sacrifice himself by laying His life down for us to pay the ultimate price for our sins, we would be lost! Life would be hopeless but because of Him and through his birth, death, and resurrection we have hope and can experience eternal life with Him someday.
This Holiday season can be full of joy, wonder, peace, and hope for some. While for others it can be full of stress, sadness, loneliness, and anxiety as this year ends and a new one quickly approaches. Yet, what ever season of life you’re in this Holiday season or no matter what this season brings for you, always seek Him. Please don’t lose sight of the true meaning of CHRISTmas.
Also this CHRISTmas don’t take life for granted. Reach out to others, be a neighbor, and even a friend. Spread some Holiday cheer and share the Gospel. There is about 5 days left until Christmas and my CHRISTmas challenge to you is to spread cheer and love by letting 5 people know that their life matters and that their life has a purpose. Give them the gift of life by letting them know how their life has been a gift to you! This gesture will make such a difference especially when you have no idea what someone might be going through and what they are dealing with behind the smiles they hide behind. Send them a card, write them a letter, drop them a note, or let them know in your own special way that their life matters. Give them the “Gift of Life”, in the name of the one whose life and birth we celebrate on December 25th.