Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. A man who is undeniably the most influential person to walk the earth; there are more books about him, more research on him, and more confidence is safely placed in him than in any other person in history. The Bible tells us that we had a perfect relationship with Him after creation, but that we chose ourselves over Him, and as a result, we can no longer live in His presence. BUT He came back as a baby to meet us where he left us, which was predicted in advance many times in Biblical history. Even though we abandoned God, He used a single perfect life, His life, to account for every imperfect life. And, if we choose to, we can again be in relationship with Him. He gives us the choice. Christmas is about God loving His creation so much that he joined us here on earth to bring us back into a personal relationship with him, which couldn't have happened any other way. My daughter's history teacher shocked her the other day by revealing that in World War II many nations were warned in advance about the Nazi's atrocities, but the warnings were dismissed as rumors until it was too late for millions of people. In a scary and similar way, the Bible tells us why Jesus came and what happens when we choose to live a life for ourselves, apart from God. The awful things that happen every day around us don't reflect the nature of our loving God and they are a result of our daily choices to follow our own ways. God put an end to all of this with a single voluntary action, He came down to us. Simply put, this reflects the nature of a loving God who desires nothing more than our trust and devotion. So whether it's winter, spring, summer, or fall, I'm proud to say that Christmastime is here.
About the Author: Brian Roland is a social entrepreneur and Founder of Abenity, the 6x Inc. 5000 company that's powering corporate perks for top brands like U.S. Bank and Mastercard. While Abenity provides millions of subscribers with private discounts, the company's social mission is fighting extreme poverty with every program they deliver. Abenity recently exceeded $1 million dollars of total giving and hired a CEO to accelerate growth with their fully remote team. Brian lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his family and enjoys roasting coffee, flying drones, and helping impact-driven entrepreneurs establish a social mission of their own.