Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas. What Does It Mean To You?

When my kids were younger, they could not wait till the 25th of December. We had to hide their presents and put them under the Christmas tree when they were asleep. As children, the allure of Christmas was the time to receive the toy they had been dreaming about for the whole year. As adults some of us continue to do that and lose sight of what the day really means.

God, by giving his son as a gift to mankind in spite of our shortcomings was signifying that we have to learn from Him. Christmas therefore is the time to reflect and take stock of what has happened to you the whole year and bask in the atmosphere of hope and love. He came to serve and lay down his life for us.

In your day to day life are you serving with all your heart? Mother Teresa realized that and served with all she had. I am not asking you to forgo everything and behave like Mother Teresa. Whether you heal the sick or haul lumber you're doing God's work. He wants us to take it serious and do it with love.

This is what prompted an Akron cardiologist, Paul A. Wright, MD to seek mother Teresa in search of how he can serve his fellow human being better. In spite of his material wealth and successful cardiology practice he needed something more to help him be at peace. Dr Wright's work with Mother Teresa has been chronicled in his book Mother Teresa's Prescription.

As you enter the New year, I hope you also cling to Jesus' prescription and learn from Him. To serve without counting the cost, to be selfless, humble and love your neighbor as yourself. This is the source of peace which will give you inner strength to live a peaceful and healthy life.

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