”…since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”  [2 Corinthians 4:1]

It’s amazing how much clearer things become as you get older.  I’m thinking this morning about people, relationships, friends and the decisions we make.  We talk much about choices and the residue destruction of wrong choices, but what of the ‘right’ choices?  Much of the fruit of those choices is not immediately seen, but as time goes by there is a wake in our lives that speaks volumes.  As the saying goes, ‘the proof is in the pudding’!

I think perhaps this too is what Christmas is all about—the rip tides of life may knock us off our feet, but the ebb and flow work together to reveal underlying truth.  Gentle erosion is reflected in the shape, the colors, and the strength of what lies beneath the water-line of our lives.  We cannot deny the decisions we have made—we become them.

Christmas gives a foundation, a starting point, a birth to every relationship formed, and giving power for relationships to come to full fruition.  If we master the rip tides and stand on this foundation then come what may our lives will have counted for something.  Every man has need of immortality.  The truth is immortality comes when self dies and others live on because of the life we have lived.

We all ‘mess up’, we make mistakes and wish yesterday could be erased, but as you ponder and play the ‘what if’ game ponder this—‘what if’ Christ had not come—‘what if’ Grace had not be given?   How sad would that be… but God wrapped in the simplicity of a babe did come—come to Him this Christmas as naught, but a child of faith and rejoice.

Further Reading:   1 Chronicles 16:10-11; John 15:9