December 2013 - A Christmas gift...just for me

dec2013Christmas is upon us and maybe like me, you are still madly running around the mall looking for that perfect gift for that special someone. Why? It brings us ultimate joy knowing we have contributed to the personal happiness of the ones we love. But, what is happiness? We have all heard that “happiness comes from within,” not from external things. All of us are seeking true happiness but what we are really seeking is a state of well-being which begins with our minds. Are we thinking positive or negative thoughts? Is our mind filled with images of painful memories or positive ones? Bad memories lead us to expectations of people, places and things to make us happy. The power of negative thinking keeps us in bondage to false core beliefs that rule our lives and lead us into depression. 

The world health organization states that depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. It is so easy to just not talk about it, not be educated in self-awareness, and not make any changes, but rather, remain in a sad darkness, trapped in an ego that cries out, “You’ve all forgotten me!”    

We are in the midst of a self-centered society that complains about betrayal of others and accuses God of betrayal. But I have come to realize that betrayal is not always about someone doing something to me - what about what I do to myself? I believe this is the worst betrayal of all.

John 10:10 tells us that the thief comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Jesus is calling us to a new level of true happiness. You’re not what you do, you’re someone He loves. Give yourself a gift this Christmas. Set a personal goal to no longer conform to the thinking of this world but choose to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, soaking in the knowledge of God’s truth. Give yourself the gift of freedom as you practise forgiveness in such a way that you will see yourself and others as blameless. 

As a new creation of Christ, let His peace reign in your hearts – a peace that will not allow the past to determine your future, but instead, help you live in the present moment. May this peace allow you to continue on a journey of personal transformation more concerned about giving than getting. 

The essence of our whole being is about love - the kind of love that can be a light to the world manifesting Christ’s life instead of our own.  When we choose Christ our best days are yet to come! Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!