Buckle up and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times, because you’re about to go on the wildest ride of your life. This ride will involve time travel, taking you all the way past human history, the creation of Adam and Eve, and the beginning of the universe. This ride—this journey—will transport you to eternity past, to a time before time began. Are you ready? It’ll require you to use your imagination and think, but it’s a trip worth making.
When a baby comes into our lives as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, or sisters, we rejoice in the magnificence of God’s gift of life. But how much more did the family rejoice in wonderment when the child was Emmanuel, God with us? When God took on human flesh at the birth of Jesus, He brought a wonder to the world that had yet to be seen.
Thinking deeply at Christmas can be difficult. Why? Shopping for presents, family get-togethers, and holiday parties sometimes crowd out the real meaning behind the trees and tinsel. Probing Deeper into the Incarnation will remind you that before Mary placed baby Jesus in the manger, He existed in heaven with God the Father and God the Spirit. The Son of God became a man and gave up His own life out of His love for you—and to make it possible for you to love Him in return.
We never seem to tire of the Christmas story. It’s always fresh, always inspiring, and always life-changing.
We tend to have one of three reactions when we’re ripped off. But we’re called to have the same mindset as Christ...even when mistreated.
Inventor Thomas Edison refused to be bitter, even when fire destroyed his life’s work. His response to disaster boils down to one word— attitude. Having the right attitude makes all the difference in the world.
It’s a waste of energy to fight the inevitables of life. The attitudes you fill your mind with will shape how you respond to life, so choose godly attitudes like joy, humility, encouragement, forgiveness, and love.
When you care about others you discover it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. What matters is you help others reach their highest good.
Far from being harmless, grumbling poisons not only our minds but influences those around us. And being a joy-stealer is something that none of us have a right to be.
Do you have an unpleasant outlook on life? If so, are you aware it’s defiling the air around you? If you’re living like this, you’re hard to live with. It’s never too late to change your ways—to be sweet instead of sour.