What if it never happened?
Remember the days when airport security lines were no problem? You could keep your clothes on, and keep your beverage? Remember when you could enter government building without being frisked?
One of the best ways to see your current situation in a new light is to imagine how different it would be if some key event had never happened. As we draw near to Christmas, I challenge you to think about what your life would be like if God had not sent his Son to our planet. Born in a manger. Born to Mary and Joseph. Born to die for us.
Do you see what I see? Clearly there would be no Christmas holiday. No gifts, no decorations, no carols, etc. But what else would be different? No Holy Night. No hope. No joy to the world. No purpose. No future.
As you reflect this season, take a moment to think how your life would be without Advent. What if it never happened? Then find a way to give thanks to the God who entered our world and took on human form. Thankfully it did happen. For me. For you. For unto us a child is born.