At youth group this week we talked about 3 things that can and will kill Christmas if we let them creep into our hearts and minds. Selfishness, Greed, and Jealousy. Definitely not words that I want to describe me, yet such easy traps to fall into.
Selfishness. It?s so easy to get in the habit of thinking about me first, others second. That?s not the life God has called us to. Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Greed. Are you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge? That?s the easy example, but what about the little things? It?s gotta start somewhere. Proverbs 28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
Jealousy. Especially this time of year, its easy to play the comparison game. That?s a game that you never win. Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
These Christmas killers take the focus off of Christ and put it on me. Christmas is not about ME, its about CHRIST. May God help all of us keep our hearts and minds set on Christ this Christmas season.