I was just talking with someone recently and he said that if you commit to something you need to commit all the way. Halfway commitment can be dangerous.
It’s kind of like baseball… do you do a feet-first slide or a head-first slide? You can try to do a feet-first slide because it feels safer, but if you don’t fully commit to the slide, that’s when you break an ankle. Ditto for the head-first slide. The best approach when you slide in baseball is to go all-in. That requires full commitment, but it’s what works.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
I’ll be taking a break from my blog until after the New Year. Have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
C.S. Lewis called the incarnation “the Grand Miracle.” He wrote this:
“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation…. Every other miracle prepares for this, or exhibits this, or results from this…. It was the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing that the whole story has been about.
“He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still … (to) the womb … down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him.”
Start a new family Christmas tradition this year: read aloud the children’s book The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Read at a pace of one chapter per evening for a week. The story is funny and insightful and moving, especially for families with children or teens. Here’s a brief excerpt from the end:
“And this was the funny thing about it all. For years, I’d thought about the wonder of Christmas, and the mystery of Jesus’ birth, and never really understood it. But now, because of the Herdmans, it didn’t seem so mysterious after all.
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:5-7
This passage of scripture is in my thoughts as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. I’ll be out for the rest of this holiday weekend.
With much gratitude,