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I struggle to celebrate Christmas. Part of it is my personality (INTJ): “INTJs may also be unresponsive and may neglect small rituals designed to put others at ease. For example, INTJs may communicate that idle dialogue such as small talk is a waste of time.” –wikipedia
I’m also not into babies–so the imagery of the baby Jesus really doesn’t connect. I love my kids, but as my wife will attest, babysitting other people’s kids before we had ours was one of my lowest priorities and highest sources of tension 😉
But where Christmas humbles and inspires me is Christ’s inauguration of an entire new paradigm of thinking and living. His birth unlocked access to God and unblocked man made barriers to authentic and personal worship of God.
I have seen Christ inaugurate a new paradigm of thinking and living in me. My kids receive love and encouragement from me that I did not learn but rather had implanted and nourished by Christ himself. I have been a part of people’s lives in significant ways that I would never have imagined.
As I look back on 2010 I’m encouraged by the way I’ve stewarded my strengths, giftings, and passions, but humbled that without a connection to Christ my life would be significantly different, and by different I mean worse.
I hope you savor Christ’s newness this Christmas!
The picture is of my son and I working on our computers (MacBook Pro, Star Wars the Clone Wars Laptop).