f we look back at the birth of Christ there are several messages that it provides including the most popular mantra of today's world, "Peace on Earth, Good will towards all". There are also the humble beginnings, the perseverance of Joseph and Mary, the significance of God becoming one of us through natural birth, and the concept of giving gifts.as well as many others I am sure you can think of.
To me, that original thought, peace on earth would be God's number 1 wish, but in reality much of the world is in opposition to His message of salvation and forgiveness. Therefore, very little peace and not much goodwill toward all. But that doesn't mean we, where we are wherever our lives may be at, cannot do something about it. We are Christ's ambassadors of peace in a world of chaos (think of being one in the middle east and it creates a clearer picture). If we are to be His shining stars, then we need to be accepting, loving, humble and kind to as many people as we can be.
This is my Christmas wish: That anyone now or in the future associated with our ministry will remember these humble beginnings of our savior, that he understands our trials because he spent time in our shoes, and that no matter how much chaos is in our lives or of those around us, we are to strive to find a level of peace and goodwill. That means we should remember where we came from, don't forget who brought us out of that slimy pit (Psalm 40), and make sure we give back the gifts we have so freely been given (especially grace) to all others we meet.
That's is a big wish, but one person at a time we can truly make a difference even when it looks like the world is falling apart. The key is to look at how that little baby in a manger lived for 33 years and made every one of His days on earth count. And if we look deeply we see someone who cared about everybody, good, bad or indifferent, and when he spoke to them offered a way to be at peace.
To you and your families, "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward All". Have a beautiful Christmas!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.