Getting ready for Christmas on CyberMonday

Christmas is about the birth of Christ in our lives. Not the arrival of a sacarin sweet baby Jesus, but the arrival of God’s divine interruption into our normal way of life as the Kingdom breaks through in its wonderful power.

And what is that breakthrough?

It is nothing less than a remaking of our minds in the the image and likeness into which they were created by God from the very beginning of time.  And from the re-created mind, comes re-created lives.

The mind we mostly function under concerns itself predominantly with survival.  I love the phrase many authors use to describe this lower mind … the lizard brain.  The lizard brain is content with warmth, food, sex … the creature comforts.  But it holds little concern beyond that and definitely little concern for others outside of warmth, food, and sex.

That lizard brain is ok, as far as it goes. But when its penchant for mere survival becomes the modus operandi of our lives, we  find our lives swinging way out of balance, pulled part by addictions, fear, anxieties, all deeply honed in the lizard brain. , driven by a toxic blend of pleasure seeking and anxiety around survival.  It loves the scarcity mentality that drives Black Friday!

There is however something more, a deeper way of thinking and thus of living, a “peace beyond all understanding” that in turn reshapes our lives into the image and likeness they were created into.

Christmas is about THAT birth.  It is about the very incarnational nature of it all, where God-in-the-form-of-Christ comes to Being.  The gifts of the Three Wisemen?  They were offerings to God not slick purchases to stuff loved ones with.

What do we want for Christmas?   A nice question.  What gifts can we offer God this Christmas?  That could change your life and the lives of those you love.

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