As we head into the holiday season, your relationships with one another enter a different dimension. Expectations with friends and family around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years get out of whack. Pour in some nostalgia, struggles with loneliness, and some seasonal anxiety, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
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Anchor will be looking for some guidance on how to shine in all our relationships. In the letter to the churches in Philippi, Paul urges his friends to have the same attitude of mind towards one another that Jesus had. We’ll be learning what that looks like and how to try it out. Paul urges us to change our attitude and actions towards one another – like Jesus – and then we’ll be able to shine like stars.
Paul uses an ancient Christian hymn about the Incarnation of God to demonstrate the kind of attitude we ought to have towards one another. The Christmas story is the Incarnation story – of God taking on flesh in the form of Jesus of Nazareth. Through God in Jesus we witness the humility and servanthood that marks the Incarnation & Christmas. That attitude ought to shape us in all our relationships – that is, if we don’t want to be a black-hole.
And so for us, to shine in our relationships during this holiday season may include a journey of humiliation. As awkward or difficult as some of those seasonal gatherings may be, you’ll be trying to approach them with the same attitude of mind as Jesus Christ. That is truly keeping Christ in Christmas, that is what will help you shine!