It's the most wonderful time of the year right?

How to Lose the Wow!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year right? Well, for many it’s just another celebration, another event, another party.

“So we have this holiday that celebrates celebrating. The problem with this is that there isn’t enough gasoline to keep the engine going. Over and over again I hear people talk about the acute loneliness they feel at Christmas, and about how they somehow “can’t get into Christmas this year.” When the celebrating has lost its reason, it becomes empty, meaningless, and incredibly boring. Something similar, while far more subtle, has happened to Christians. We continue to do the forms of celebrating. We sing the hymns, we repeat the creeds, we say the prayers; but the malaise has set in. We’ve lost the joy of it all because we’ve forgotten that what we believe is true—really true!” (Steve Brown in Follow the Wind)

These words struck home to me in a profound way. We have become experts in celebrating celebrations but they do indeed leave us without enough gas to keep our engines going. It’s reminiscent of Paul’s words to young Timothy in describing a people who have “a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). This Christmas let’s not be guilty of enjoying forms and rituals. Let’s dig deep into the great truths and mysteries of the event we call the incarnation. It is true…really true!

Author Dean Brenton

Executive Director of Ministry Development & Strategic Initiatives PAONL, YCNL Director, Pastor, Husband, Dad, Diakonoi, Christ-follower.

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