by Briana Carr
When I was asked to write this post, I was asked to share how I personally feel about the Savior, Jesus Christ... And what He's done for my life (and others' lives).
Hopefully these three stories/examples will answer that question.
#1: Over my childhood and high school years, I came across friends and acquaintances my own age who would often mention how great my parents were. Some would talk about how great it was that they loved each other so much. But most of them would take notice of how much they loved me. One friend thought it was great that my parents had enforced a curfew for me. He said his parents didn't do that. That they didn't care when he came home, and that maybe he would make better choices if he was held to a higher standard.
#2: A young neighbor of mine shared a powerful story recently. She's LDS and a very talented volleyball player. She worked hard to excel in her sport and made an elite club team. There was one problem, however... The club team was scheduled to play on an occasional Sunday. My neighbor decided she would write an email to her coach explaining her beliefs and how she would love to play on the team, but could not on Sunday's. She firmly believed in keeping the Sabbath Day holy.
Her coach emailed her back, saying he still very much wanted her on the team. He also said that he (a grown adult) respected her (a teenager) for standing up for her morals and personal religious values.
#3: In my line of work, I tend to get a big dose of bad happening around the world, on a daily basis. I write and report stories on death, destruction and sometimes even on people who have done unspeakable things.
I'm a news producer, that means I write what the anchors say throughout a newscast.
I also have the rare opportunity to work as the morning show producer, which means I work from midnight to 8 a.m. ... A shift that tends to bring out the crazy people more than usual.
I've noticed an amazing thing happens in December, every year. The scanner traffic slows down. Sometimes it's silent.
Sure, it's cold outside. But I like to think that it's the Christmas spirit that keeps the criminals home, or that helps others be more mindful of their neighbors.
So what do all of these have in common?
(Forgive me if this is a stretch.)
I see two things happening here. First, people are inherently GOOD. And second, people are always looking for an excuse to be BETTER.
My message is short: There is no better time to be better than the Christmas season.
There is no better time to be kind.
There is no better time to be giving or forgiving.
There is no better time to leave a treat on your neighbor's front doorstep.
There is no better time to go back to church.
There is no better time to get down on your knees in prayer.
There is no better time to rekindle relationships that have been lost over time.
There is no better time to count your blessings.
There is no better time to think of Christ... what He did, and who He did it for.
I want everyone who's reading this to know how I feel about Jesus Christ.
He has made me who I am. He has led me to college, to wonderful internships and jobs.
He has helped me through times when I was embarrassed, times when I felt worthless or unnoticed.
He knows my heart.
If you're reading this, will you do something for me before Christmas Eve? (That's your deadline.)
Find quiet place... a bedroom, a bathroom, a closet... And pray. I'll even do it with you.
Ask God if He has a son.
Ask God if Jesus Christ is real... And if He lives.
You will come to know a man who is perfect, and who allows us to make choices. He is a man who has died and felt all of our pain, worries, sorrows.
In a time when we are looking for any excuse to be good - let's make that time right now.
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