It's that time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Messiah.
That same message was delivered through a Christmas program and special music to those who attended Mill Creek Baptist Church in Glascock County on Sunday. I was one of those that attended the service at the invitation of my news-writing colleague, Lynn Davidson, who plays the piano and is the choir director.
Those involved in putting on the Christmas program did a super job. I sincerely thank each and every one who played a role. Everybody performed well, and I enjoyed myself -- not as a reporter, but as a believer, a Christian.
The country church was beautifully decorated for the occasion, and those with special parts knew exactly when it was their time to perform. Such didn't just happen, though. The Christmas program came about because participants spent many hours practicing.
So must we, as Christians. We must remember to read our Bibles, not just carry them or make excuses to say, "Oh no, I forgot my Bible." We must take seriously the Scripture reading, because there is nothing false about the teachings of God.
I used to think that I had a plan for my life, and I guess everyone feels that way to a degree. But the older I get, the more I realize that I don't have the plan; God does, and I should follow his lead. After all, if I follow his plan, I can never fail.
That's pretty awesome!
God can offer that same plan to any of you, too.
It's incredible to know that Jesus is there to hear us when we cry out for help. When family and friends aren't around, Jesus is -- no matter the circumstances and no matter the time.
And to think it's all because he loves us and wants only the best for us, not just sometimes, but all the time.
We must remember, however, that we have a role to play, too. It's one of responsibility, doing the right thing at all times, making the right choices and being the person he created and wants us to be.
Obviously, none of us will get there without God's help, and when we ask for it, we'll be a better person for having done so.
Like choir members following the direction of their leader, we, as Christians, must find time to seek God's guidance through prayer. It's part of our daily responsibility of being Christians.
As we live out the remaining days of 2009, let us remember to be thankful and praise God for the many blessings he bestows to us.
Let us do the same for the remaining days of our lives.