Well, it’s now Tuesday and Christmas is Saturday. It seems to be coming whether I am ready or not. Remember hide and seek when we would yell “Here I come ready or not!”. Anyway, that’s sort of how I feel about Christmas. Have you figured out yet that I am not ready? So what else is new. Maybe if we had more time between each Christmas I could be ready. Like only having Christmas every OTHER year instead of every year. Now that’s an idea worth noting.
I set up my background and lights in the beauty shop a couple of times a few weeks ago and took some Christmas photos for a few people. I wanted to try shooting there to see how I would like it. As far as room, I wish I had a little more, but the biggest disadvantage is the ceiling height. It’s only 8 feet and I wish I had more, but it worked ok. Then we procrastinated about making the Christmas cards until it was almost too late. Not everybody else’s mind you, just mine and Theresa’s. So here’s your Christmas Card from us, if you didn’t get one in the mail. And if you didn’t get one in the mail, don’t feel slighted. Just re-read this paragraph and take special note of the procrastination part.
I went to Morristown today for an emergency hair supply run. Theresa had run short of some supplies and I had to make a special trip to get more. While leaving the st0re, I noticed, for some reason, a sign that is on the door at several shops and stores. Even though I had seen this sign several times, I had never thought about it like this before. The sign said “We prosecute ALL shoplifters to the FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW!” Immediately I thought how weird it would be if the sign said we prosecute SOME of the shoplifters instead of all, and we don’t prosecute them all the way. Did you ever see one that said we prosecute half way and then drop charges. It wouldn’t make sense would it. Only prosecuting some of the shoplifters and then only half way prosecuting the ones you did prosecute.
Now, if it makes sense to you for a shop owner to prosecute ALL shoplifters to the FULL extent of the law, why do you suppose that some people think God will only prosecute some and then not fully, overlooking their sins. It works the same way. God made us and everything. God made the laws. God revealed to us his law in the 10 commandments. And we can clearly see how that we can’t make it through all 10 without breaking one of them. And you have to keep all of them. Break just one and you have broken them all, in God’s eyes. So, like the guy who owns the shop, God has the right to demand that someone pays the price for the sin.
Instead of just prosecuting some or just prosecuting half way though, God decided to make a way for all to find forgiveness and escape the penalty of sin. He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. He was born into this world to be a sacrifice that would pay the price for our sin.
On Christmas Day, I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, my Savior. My Lord. My redeemer. My friend. You can too if you choose to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, ask for forgiveness and surrender you life to Him.
Romans 10:9-10 (New King James Version)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Receive the gift that God gave, then give God the gift that Jesus died for—YOU!
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S !