How are you? No, REALLY, how are you?
Are you enjoying the Christmas season?
The wrapping, singing, buying, making, talking, socializing, listening, preparing, running …..???? Are you reading this blog post hiding under your sheets or on lock down…. taking a “potty break?” LOL.
Are you enjoying life?
I am really trying too!!!! Yesterday…..not so much.
In spite of not feeling well yesterday, I was going to be an awesome goal crusher and push play on my exercise DVD.
I inserted the DVD into the player and it ATE my DVD. It didn’t matter how many times I pushed the EJECT button, that sassy little player would not return MY DVD!!!! It was like it wanted me to gain 20 pounds!!!!
A switch flipped in my head and I started pounding the sad excuse for an electronic into our coffee table……..because that should make it work. I even went as far as unscrewing things…that was until I saw a warning label that read “BEWARE OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK!” I noticed that I had not unplugged the DVD player from the outlet so the warning was especially concerning for me….the one holding a metal screw driver. I almost went Kirk Cameron “FIREPROOF” on it with a baseball bat but I didn’t want to have to clean up another mess.
Here I was trying to be “good” and it wasn’t working! You know what….NOTHING IS WORKING IN MY LIFE!
The laundry that I completed a few days ago was piling high on my couch (again.)
The bathrooms I bleached a day ago smelled like a gas station.
The floors I picked up an hour ago were covered in army men and legos.
I saw our Christmas devotional laying on the table and was reminded that we only made it through 5 days with our children.
We obviously don’t love Jesus. I have failed as a mother. They will probably rob a bank in their early 20s.
OH MY GOSH! Is that another grey hair?
I was so angry!!!! NOTHING works in my life!!!!! I am trying to be good!!!!
I sent a message or messages to my husband via text about our possessed DVD player and all of the other misfortunes of my day! I suck. I will never get it together. Why do I even try! It doesn’t feel like Christmas! (Later my husband read my texts back to me and I was surprised by my extensive use of colorful language).
Then….I had an “AHA! moment”….Christmas isn’t all about feelings, it is about TRUSTING!
Trusting that what the bible teaches is true, “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
Of whom I am the foremost…..me….Annie Leigh Edwards.
Yesterday, was so so so so so bad but it was a precious reminder that I was in need of a savior.
I am in need of a savior.
I am not a good girl….I am on the Naughty list for sure!!!!
Often, we wrongly put God in the same category as Santa. If I am really good this year, then God owes me something (happiness, joy, blessings, forgiveness, etc.).
God is not “making a list and checking it twice” to find out “who’s naughty and nice.”
There is no need to make a list, because the Bible tells us that by default, everyone is on the naughty list. “There is none that is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).
“Good kids,” are like unicorns, they don’t exist.
Regardless of how extensive and thorough our righteousness “list” is, God remains unimpressed. We cannot, “Santa Baby” our way into the ark of His protection. He will not be seduced with our imaginary goodness. No amount of zeal, performance, or effort can match the standard that He requires – perfect righteousness (Matthew 5:20, 48).
I don’t know about you, but my thoughts have the potential to scare the ‘Jingle Bells’ out of Old Saint Nick!!!
God is not surprised by our sin, this is why He came.
Jesus came to town once already, and He is coming again. Why did He come? He came for the “pouters” and “criers.” He came for the weak, broken, frail, needy, and sinful. Unlike Santa, He did not come for the “good boys and girls;” after all, there were none to be found.
He came for those of us on the naughty list.
Can I get an AMEN!!!!
Jesus doesn’t want our milk and cookies, He wants our heart. Jesus didn’t come down a chimney wearing a red suit because we’d been so good; He went up to a cross – covered in red blood -because we’d been so bad.
Are you naughty? Don’t walk, but run to Jesus!
Naughty kids “find favor in the eyes of the Lord,” when they are hidden in Christ righteousness.