Outside the Christmas Box

Workout for the Week: Outside the Christmas Box

Memory Verse: Tailor to the Christmas Bible character of your choice

Meditation Passage: Tailor to the Christmas Bible character of your choice

Key Thought: The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

–Marcel Proust

This week, I want you to think outside your Christmas box.

Children master this skill at Christmas time. Visions of sugar plums, Santa, and lots and lots of presents! We adults favor practicality. The to-do list cracks the whip, but there are no reindeer for us. It’s easy to lose the sparkle of Christmas.

Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” This week, let’s use our imaginations. Get outside the Christmas box and into the Nativity story. Matthew and Luke offer an extensive cast in telling the Christmas event. Think of them as your training partners for December. Here are some training tips for the week:

  1. Choose one or two characters and read their story.
  2. Meditate on their story for the day.
  3. Choose one verse tied to their story.
  4. Write down Scripture that jumps out at you.
  5. Write down insight from the Holy Spirit.
  6. Share what you learn with family members.

Here’s your cast:

  • Zechariah: Watch with this silenced priest through nine months of a miraculous pregnancy as prophecy unfolds before him. Elizabeth: Prepare for new life. Though barren for decades, this elderly lady gets a nursery ready as she mentors the Virgin Mary. (Luke 1:5-25, 57-80)
  • Gabriel: Travel with Gabriel as he zips between heaven and earth. (Luke 1:11-20, 26-38) The Angelic Host: Lift your voice with the heavenly host. Consider the angelic perspective on Christmas. (Luke 2:13-15)
  • Joseph: Ride Joseph’s rollercoaster through an unthinkable betrayal by his fiancée, angelic dreams, the delivery of a child he didn’t father, and an escape from a murderous king. (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-15, 19-23) Mary: Yield to God’s impossible, making-no-sense plan. (Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-7)
  • Shepherds: Play hide-and-seek through the Bethlehem countryside. (Luke 2:8-20)
  • Magi: Take a thousand-mile road trip with the Wise Men to worship a little Jewish kid. (Matthew 2:1-12)
  • Simeon and Anna: Spread the word of the coming Messiah. (Luke 2:25-38)

Nail your spiritual workouts this week and change your corner of the gym.


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Tip #1: Choose a Christmas character and read their story. Click To Tweet
Tip #2: Meditate on that Xmas character's story for the day. Click To Tweet
Tip #3: Choose one verse tied to that character's story. Click To Tweet
Tip #4: Write down Scripture that jumps out at you. Click To Tweet
Tip #5: Write down insight from the Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet
Tip #6: Share what you learned. Click To Tweet

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