Keep Christ in Christmas.

Trust me, I’m all about keeping Christ in Christmas. I prefer nativity scenes over inflatable snowmen or glow in the dark reindeer with heads that move up and down (although you best believe when I’m decorating my house in 10 years all of those will be included in my front lawn)

However, we as Christians need to worry about a lot more than keeping Christ in Christmas.

We need to worry about keeping Christ in our everyday.

The Christmas story is the beginning of the best love story. A story of a man, who although a king took on the role of a poor servant. Born in a stable,  hanging out in a trough. A woman who despite keeping her virginity for her husband woke up pregnant, risked being killed and took on the role of being the mother of this child. A man who stood by his wife who was pregnant, knowing it wasn’t his child, and trusted the angel in his dreams. Kings who traveled for months to see the one who would save them. And an angel, who warned the wise men to travel a different route home so they wouldn’t let King Herold know where Jesus was hidden. An angel who told Joseph and Mary to hide Jesus out in Egypt to avoid Him being murdered. And this baby growing up to be a miracle maker, teacher, Shepard, counselor, friend and Savior stabbed to a tree for our messy hearts. And this baby being risen from the dead, allowing us to experience eternal freedom we do not deserve.

However, that is only the beginning of the ultimate love story. This love story didn’t end with the empty tomb. No no my friend, this is still the beginning. We are all a part of this story. God calling YOU to live life and dance with Him. God calling us to to bring our burdens to Him and share our sweet grace with others. We are a part of bringing God’s Kingdom to this earth. Getting more and more people to believe and live a life according to His will.

And this story shouldn’t only be told on Christmas Eve, when millions of lukewarm Christians fill pews that they’ve been avoiding all year. This story shouldn’t just be told when snow is on the ground and school is out on break. This story needs to be told everyday. This story needs to be lived.

God didn’t just send His Son as a humble servant to be hung on a tree for you to sit in a church pew one (maybe two) days in a year. No, He came so you may live out grace. He came so that you can seen sunsets, climb mountains, and drink good tea. He came so you can laugh, dance, and rejoice.

He came to dance with us. He came to grab our hand and ask us to follow His lead. He came so step-by-step we can follow His lead, creating something so beautiful others can’t help but notice how beautiful it is to follow after our Savior.

I guess what I am trying to say is I have a lot I want to work on. It is easy for me to remember how precious the gift of Christ is during Christmas season, but harder once December 26th is checked off my calendar. I don’t want that to happen this year. No, I will not allow that to happen this year.

I want my everyday to be about loving, learning, and being who Christ wants me to be. I want my everyday to be consisted of eagerness to serve and eagerness to rejoice. I want people who encounter me to leave knowing Christ more. I want everyone who knows me to know the Lord as a friend, Savior, and Father. I want my everyday to be about God and not about me.

I want to dance with God each morning and look into His eyes knowing He is inside my soul. I want God to look down on me daily and think “well done good and faithful one”.

I want my soul to burst for Jesus each morning that everyone around me can’t help but taste the beautiful flavor of grace.

Here’s the truth: celebrating Christ isn’t just made for Christmas. Celebrating Christ is joy. Celebrating Christ is faith. Celebrating Christ should be a habitat for you, more addicting than diet coke and more fun than playing dirty Santa with your best friends.

My challenge for you begins right now. From here on out, celebrate Christ not because of a holiday or because the tree is up. Celebrate Christ because He is a King worthy of our consistent worship. Celebrate Christ because although He was perfect, He took the punishment of a criminal, on our behalf and opened the door to the pearly gates for our messy hearts.

The same God that created carbs, sunsets, and puppies created you and me. He hung the stars and painted the sea. And He asks you to dance with Him everyday. He asks you to follow His lead and notice the beautiful Kingdom you can create together. What an honor. What a joy. I don’t know about you but cue the music, I’m dancing (and not just on Christmas).

But Merry Christmas.

With Love Your Honorary Best Friend,

Grace Valentine- That Blogger Girl

Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5:14-17

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

photocreds: Daniel Ligon, insta-name dlgs20

Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

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