“We think too much and feel too little. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” (Charlie Chaplin)
It’s the season to suspend too much thinking about things and replace it with believing in things. We see lots of cards with “Believe” on them, usually associating that with a child’s belief in Santa Claus; but, it’s really a time to look at what happened in a manger over 2000 years ago and Believe.
It is said that a good movie gets you to suspend disbelief and accept what is being shown as true, as real, as something that you can believe is actually happening. I submit that true faith asks the same of us; that we suspend our disbelief and questioning and accept the message of the Good News as true and real and something that we believe. Voltaire said it well – “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” It is in that acceptance of God’s message of the birth of Jesus for the forgiveness of the sins of mankind that the true magic of Christmas occurs. Believe.
More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness, caring and love, compassion and sharing, and all of the other attributes which flow out of a heart filled with the love of Jesus. A mind focused upon the work of God has no time for cleverness or deceit or hatred or anger or prejudice. A soul committed to faith has no time for deceitfulness, spitefulness or hatefulness. A body engaged in good works in God’s name can do amazing things, endure unbelievable pain and overcome overwhelming odds; if we Believe.
Over the next few days, suspend your disbelief and get into the moment. If it’s OK to cry at the end of the movie “Miracle on 34th Street”; it’s also OK to tear up when you think of the Miracle in the Manger. Those are both tears of joy and they make us feel good about the world around us and ourselves, if only for the moment. The little girl in the movie got the
house that she dreamed of because she believed, not so much in Santa Claus per se, but in miracles. In the long run, what’s most important is to Believe.
If you can get to that moment during the Holiday season, then the real miracle of Christmas will occur in your life. Gloria Coleman put it this way – “God is continuously pouring his goodness and loving kindness on you and all He wants from you – Is believe and receive.” Go for it and Believe.
So, think less and feel more. Put aside your cleverness and show your kinder and gentler side. In the moments ahead, when you may be standing in church somewhere singing Silent Night, amidst the glow of the flickering candles of all who have come to worship; don’t analyze, don’t question and don’t overthink things – just Believe.
Have a great Christmas!