This morning, Thursday, we discovered our front door glass had shattered. It looks as if someone took a rock to it. The good news is it's a double pane glass so, we are good until we can get it replaced.
That got me thinking how on the outside we can be beaten up by life. We struggle with relationships, finances, family, and personal issues. Many times, these struggles create havoc on the inside and we become distressed, depressed, disappointed, and distracted. The one comfort we all have is Christmas.
When Jesus came to Earth, he came as flesh and blood so He could relate to us. He has saved us from the worldly problems and has given us the strength to get through them. His Spirit lives within us to empower us to be overcomers. James tells us to "count it all joy when you encounter various trials." It's hard to believe we can be joyful in the midst of a crisis. Yet, God uses those times to help us grow to rely more on Him and grow us to be more like Christ.
This Christmas, take some time to reflect on the birth a baby that changed not only the world, but each one of us as well. Remember, like the door on the outside, we may look battered and beaten, but on the inside, we are whole and complete in Christ.
Have a blessed Christmas season!