Today's JAR- As we prepare for Christmas, this first day of the Advent Fast, it's good to remember that when we start a sentence with "I deserve (blank)" then we've started in the wrong direction. Once we start making decisions because of what we perceive we deserve, because we love ourselves, we've invited suffering into our future. I say this because these days that lead to Christmas are no longer about preparation, but of indulgence. Commercials will be airing the next 40 days trying to convince us that we don't have enough and deserve more. They will try to imply that we are not happy until... And they will plant seeds that we aren't really loved unless... . Let's be guarded from these distractions of the truth; these destructive lies.
This truth is...
Well, it's two-fold: 1) No one deserves to be loved. 2) We are loved anyway.
Christmas is a confirmation of this... “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16.
Let's keep this verse on the top of our thoughts as we enter into this holy time of preparation.