As many of us are traveling this weekend to see loved ones near and far, let us not get too wrapped up in the holiday hustle and forget to cherish what this season is truly about.
Yes, we will have lots of food and presents to enjoy. I know I will have my fair share of turkey, ham and all the Christmas fixin’s, plus the joy on my kids’ faces as they open their presents, but lets remember our time with family and most importantly our faith in the birth of our Lord and Savior.
As you gather around the dinner table and Christmas tree, take the time engage with your family. Get to know them. Find out how life has been since the last time you spoke. Take interest in what they are saying. Sometimes the greatest gift you can give is one of a caring heart. Not everyone enjoys the holidays, so lets take the time to be there for each other.
Also, most importantly, lets not dismiss the true meaning of the Christmas season and that is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I know there will be many distractions around us such as the twinkling lights, the adorned trees, jolly Santa Clauses and other nic-nacs, but lets not forget to take time to reflect on God’s grace and his gift to all of us. In every twinkling light, see the star that shown so bright in the dark sky leading the way. In every tree, see what is represented as everlasting life and how death could not hold Jesus. In every Santa Claus, see the faithful Saint Nicholas who was an outspoken defender of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a generous giver to the poor.
Let us truly rejoice and be jolly. I can personally say that if not for my family and faith, I would not be where I am today as a husband, father, son and athlete. I thank God for the talent that I have been blessed with, but more importantly for the opportunity to use that talent to share His grace. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and lets make 2017 a year of breaking records on and off the arena of competition.