Today we continue the blog series I am calling: What Christmas Means to Me … in 9 Words. Why 9 words? I specifically chose 9 words (among many) that tell the meaning of Christmas. These words, when added to a sentence, help us to really understand the message of Christmas.

The first three words were covered in my two previous blog entries and are listed below. If you missed one or both, I encourage you to take a minute and read them (click the first word to take you to the specific entry).

1. Angels…God uses the supernatural to show His super in our natural.
2. Mary…God sees things in us that we do not see in ourselves.
3. Joseph…God’s ways are higher than our ways.

This season, be reminded that there are people who do not know Jesus. Do an act of kindness, step out of your comfort zone. Take coffee, cookies, hot chocolate and invite your neighbors, co-workers and people you encounter in your day to church. You never know if you are the star they are waiting on to lead them to Christ!

4. Shepherds…God’s love casts out our fear.

Focus on God and let go of your fear. God will turn your fear into faith. In Luke chapter two, the shepherds are tending to their flocks, doing their job. When an angel of the Lord appears, their fear overcomes them at the sight of the angel. This is God’s super coming into the natural. Again, scripture reveals God’s supernatural by sending an angel to deliver supernatural news to the shepherds. Don’t be afraid of God’s presence. There is always fear before God does something magnanimous! Christmas is about you! Jesus came for you! Glory to God in the highest!

5. Star…God wants to lead us to places we have never been.

In Matthew the second chapter, Jesus has been born in Bethlehem. The Wise Men came from the east, Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He, who was born as King of the Jews, we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” The Wise Men followed the star to find the Messiah, but not everyone saw the star in the sky. Just like today, some people do not see “it.” Some people don’t see the solution because they are so focused on the problem. Some people don’t see a way because they have decided there is no way. The star reminds us that God will lead us, God will guide us. God wants to lead you to places that you have never been before. In this Christmas season, don’t forget what the lights mean, they represent the star. It was the guiding lights that lead the Wise Men to where Jesus was. Be someone’s shining star and share the story of Jesus with them.

6. Manger…your value is not determined by where you were born, but by who you become.

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords … he could have been born anywhere. But God chose for Jesus to be born in the manager. The manger reminds us that our value is NOT determined by where we are born, but by who we become. Do not let your past keep you from where you are meant to go. God has a great plan for you and it can’t happen without you!

Tomorrow I will share thoughts on the final three words in this blog series.
Excerpt from the series, What Christmas Means to Me.
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