I want to begin this blog by encouraging everyone to Take A Holiday. Let me explain: when Americans use the word “holiday” we typically refer to one specific day _ a day when the banks are closed, and the mail doesn’t run. Europeans define it differently. When they use the word “holiday”, they typically refer to what we call a vacation.
Now let me ask this: Have you ever had a really, good vacation _ one that did exactly what vacations are supposed to do? My family and I have had some good ones, but a very special one came to mind as I was writing this blog _ we went to the east coast without an agenda. If we saw something we wanted to do, we did it. It started in New York City. We went to the Statue of Liberty, to the top of the World Trade Center, and just walked around Manhattan.
Then we headed north. We went to a sail fest in Connecticut _ we went aboard a submarine in New London, Connecticut _ we went to a town that was centered around a ship building theme _ we went to the beach at Bar Harbor, Maine _ we went to Niagara Falls _ we went here, and we went there. We ate good _ we had fun. We came home refreshed because we had relaxed. Thinking about that vacation still brings a smile.
So, what I’m suggesting is that we take a “holiday” this Christmas season. Let’s set aside our worries and cares so that we can focus on what really matters from a God-perspective. Where can we go to find a place like that this holiday season? Well, I know just the place and I didn’t even have to consult a travel guide. Although I did consult the “reason for the season.”
When Jesus came into the world, the angels announced his arrival with these words: “Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth, and good will towards men.” (Luke 2:14) If you think about it that’s the Christmas message. It’s what Jesus came to bring _ a very special gift indeed _ a proclamation worth sharing. This simple verse shows us four places we can go this year to celebrate the best _ make that the second-best Christmas ever.
1) Let’s take a “holiday” from the cares of the world.
2) Let’s take a “holiday” from conflict.
3) Let’s take a “holiday” from commotion.
4) Let’s take a “holiday” with Jesus.
And who knows, we may like the “holiday” so much that it becomes a way of life that lasts more than a few days or weeks. Maybe _ just maybe _ God’s Spirit will rule in our lives and there will indeed be glory to God in the highest.