I write to you today from a bench in the largest Houston mall – the Galleria. It boasts many high-end stores with large numbers of visitors each year. Step into the mall and you will notice people dressed well. And, you will also find people dressed poorly. Malls stand out to me as unique places in the world. They hold stores proudly displaying rows and rows of “stuff.” It feels like materialism on full display. As I walked through the shops today admiring excellent clothes and brilliant craftsmanship, I couldn’t help but think about a tendency toward the superficial. Anymore, it seems like people care more about perceptions than reality. They care more about how they look to others than how they really are inside. It also feels like gift-giving and gift-receiving are overtaking the very reason of Christmas.
I am not saying to abandon your fashion sense to create poor impressions. If you read this blog, you know that to be true. In addition, giving gifts do add something special to Christmas. I am saying “the guts” of life hold more importance. Who are you? What do you believe? What puts fire in your belly? Do you possess inner peace?
Every year as I jump into the shopping frenzy with everyone else, my thoughts always flash back to the true meaning of Christmas. I think about God deciding to explain the big questions in person. After generations of people forgetting about Him, ignoring Him, knowing nothing, having confusion about Him, or earnestly trying to know Him, He became a man born as a baby like you and me. And, He spent that life to rescue humanity. The more I contemplate this, the more profound it all sounds. Because Jesus lived His life on earth, people can see how God wants us to live. After all, He did have something in mind when creating all this. Moreover, all people can see God up close. Jesus gives us a better understanding of God.
After hearing this story and many others of the Bible, I chose to live for Him. That’s where I found the power of Christmas. That’s where I discovered “the guts” of life. I found my purpose and my fire through the life of Jesus. He showed me the right way to live.
Christmas gives us more than “stuff.” In fact, this powerful story answers the “guts” questions for me. In this time when gift-giving and gift-receiving have risen to such prominence, it is so important to come back to center. Christmas tells us that life means more than accumulating wealth and prestige – more than fame and recognition – more than getting “stuff.” It presents us with a time to reflect on what’s important.
I must also take this moment to say thank you. In 2013, many of you have read my articles and contributed comments. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and regular visits to Fashion for the Average Man. Stay tuned for more interesting articles in 2014. If you have a topic you want to read about, please drop a comment. Thanks and Merry Christmas!