Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Here is one the first writings I did back when I first started feeling God move and change something within me. I didn't know what I was going to do with it at the time but I had to get it our so I wrote it into an essay. I guess something inside of me always hoped I'd have a format to preach it so this week I had a chance to do so. What I've posted below is the essay version.


1 Thessalonians 5:15 “…always strive to do what is good.” (TNIV)

The season following Thanksgiving and preceding Christmas is my favorite time of year. The exception to this is Black Friday, when I lock myself in the closet and would rather eat cold SpaghettiO’s all weekend than make a grocery trip to Wal-Mart.

Why would the days between and not the holidays themselves be my favorite? Once the sale signs have come down there is transformation in the people. It starts innocently---opening the door for a person you might not usually open the door for, and then over the month it slowly spreads into an all out joyfest by everyone you come upon. It’s contagious! Or is it? Do you really think it’s just the cool weather, the Christmas lights, the store fronts, the smell of a fire place burning, getting a good deal on a 15” flat screen TV, or is it literally “the Reason for the season”? Ah, now were on to something!

Much like the chicken or the egg. Does the Lord just fill our hearts this time of year and that sparks the outpouring of joy and good deeds or these start within us and then Lord comes in because of our actions? Yes. I agree with both sides depending on where you are in your walk with the Lord.

Whichever side you want to contend with there’s something common in both…the Lord. My thought is there is always a seed of joy and compassion in everyone. Then that person has the choice to cultivate it, but Someone has to start it.

Someone has to be the door opener.

Someone has to be the person that takes the Salvation Army Angel off the tree.

Someone has to be the one who gets an underprivileged child a basketball, GI Joe, and full suit of clothes even though they only asked for socks.

Someone has to stop and visit a friend you know is lonely.

Someone has to start the food drive and deliver it to the women’s shelter.

There has to be a Someone! As long as there’s always Someone then there’ll always be the Lord there to pour out the joy…Christmas or NOT!

That brings about an interesting question, why can’t the feelings and actions we have this time of year always exist?

We know the Lord is always there, but there’s not always that Someone. There’s no reason you can’t anonymously buy a lonely elderly person’s supper at the cafe in the middle of July, or stop on a cold day in February to help a woman change a tire. Good deeds and joy are needed for 365 days not just 30. Imagine what would the world be like if the Christmas Spirit was in everyone year round?

Oh but it is there, Galatians 5:22-23 says, “ the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Wow! That sound a lot like the traits we exhibit during Christmas, but this passage says we have these within us all time when we have Jesus.

Yes! It’s the Holy Spirit, it’s Jesus, it’s the Lord, it’s not just the reason for this season it’s the reason we exist. He’s the reason for everything that is around us, and the reason we have hope for the future.

Your seed is planted. Now cultivate it, and then it’s up to you if the joy in your heart is to become an annual or an evergreen.

Be that Someone all year! It has to start with one!

Tyson Brown
December 1, 2005