I’m sure that you know the phrase, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. There is nothing like the holidays to make this phrase come to life. Why is it that we can get annoyed the easiest with the people that we love the most?
As stressful as things may be over Christmas, my heart has broken many times over as I have talked with teens over their plans for the Christmas break. They tell me of the many arguments as to where they will be spending Christmas. Broken families leave the kids caught in the crossfire. Many of these young people feel as though that this is a no win situation and there is a lot of pressure on them to make their parents happy.
More than one kid has told me that they hate Christmas and wish that they could just stay in school. Knowing how much I hated school as an elementary student that is pretty severe. Others have nowhere to go as parents have died or are too busy partying to pay attention to their kids. Where is the peace on earth?
It is in times like this that I remember that Jesus was a guy that had family troubles of his own. Check out my old post: Jesus was from a messed up family
In my opinonWe don’t need more Christmas, we need more Christ.