John 10:10 [Full Chapter]

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Christmas music is now on the radio 24/7. It is my wife’s favorite thing! And for one month, I surrender the radio privileges in the car and listen. If you are like me, you already have several of those songs, like Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time, on repeat in your head. For many of you that brings great joy! For the rest of us… meh.

So what do we do with the so-called “silly season”?

Open up your bible when you get a chance and read around John 10:10. I know it's not very “advent-y” scripture passage, but it is full of Christmas promise! I love that Jesus points out his dream for us… a FULL LIFE! That full life was made possible because of God breaking into our world! Christmas revealed to the world that we have a shepherd to follow that desires nothing but joy for His sheep!

But is there another season of the year that is more life giving and life draining than Christmas? I am not sure there is. Just look at the clichés; Remember the reason for the season. Presence is just as important as presents. It is better to give than receive. Don’t take Christ out of Christmas. All of those well-meaning phrases can be turned against us and used as a way to convict or condemn regardless of intent. We are called to remember the birth of Christ as the greatest gift of all time while wrestling with the ever-present struggle with the consumerism that so many ascribe to out of duty or obligation. If we aren’t careful, we lose our center and Joy to the World becomes a hymn of hope for that to be true rather than an anthem about the power of the Savior who is Christ the King. Exhausting, right?

Jesus refers to himself in John 10 as the Good Shepherd and we are his sheep. We need to return to the simple task of listening to his voice! It is good. It desires JOY for us and a FULL LIFE! Even in the midst of the craziness, don’t lose sight of your shepherd. He wants good things for you. Even greater things than that top thing on your Christmas list.

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