Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas!

It will be Christmas soon. I can't believe it's already here! It's strange, last year seems so close, yet so far away! I can't decide if life's gone by fast or slow... but it certainly seems fast! But then i look back at something we did last year and think, "oh... that was only a year ago?" So I'm not sure. Haha it's confusing!

Anyways... Merry Christmas! This is the time of year that we have to remember that life isn't about things. It's about getting to heaven. {At least... that's MY goal in life...}Here's a quote I pinned:

At first I thought it was really sweet and it was super right. And then I studied it. Life isn't simple. Life isn't about what makes you happy. Life isn't about who makes you happy. Life isn't that easy. God didn't put us on earth to run around with unicorns who poop rainbows and to eat candy all day and have all the stuff we ever wanted. Because we don't stop wanting. We can say, "oh, if i just had ____ I'd be happy and never want anything again..." But that's not true. We're humans. We sin. We will never be fully happy until we're in heaven, and then stuff won't matter. Because it's not stuff that makes us happy.

I'm not being pessimistic. I'm an optimist. :) But stuff isn't the key to being happy. If you want to be truly happy, I have 2 words for you: PRAY and GIVE. Pray, get close to God. Never stop trying to grow closer to Him, because we can never be perfect and that's our goal. Give, because giving is the greatest gift. You'd be surprised how happy giving a blanket, sandwich, and pack of warm socks to a homeless person can make you. Help, if you have a friend who has a hard life, help. Some people say life isn't about helping, it's about spending your time having fun and living. Well i'm here to tell you that's not right. I have been taught that lesson. And it's a hard one to learn.

Oh, and just to make sure none of you forgot... This time of year is about JESUS BIRTH. It's about our savior coming into this world. So take a moment to realize that Christmas isn't about gifts and toys and food and lights, it's about Jesus's birthday.
Source: via Kimberly on Pinterest



Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Alyssa. Giving truly is a great feeling. Sometime back my friends and I were unable to finnish 42 chicken nuggets and 2 large fries. We had half of it left and instead of throwing it away, we looked for someone in need to give it to. The lady we gave it to was happy and so were we ^.^

Merry Christmas, Alyssa :)

Hayley said...

What a nice quote!(: merry Christmas!! (:

KaseyQ said...

Merry Christmas, Alyssa! I realized a few years ago that I have more stuff than I need, and I was always struggling to come up with a Christmas list for friends and family. Then it occurred to me- how ridiculous is it that I'm struggling to think of "stuff" I "want" when there are so many others who have NOTHING and are struggling just to survive?? And how crazy is it that to celebrate the birth of our Lord that I'm asking for random stuff I don't need- how is that a celebration of Him?

Since I had that epiphany the only thing I ask for is for my family to take the money they would spend on me and use it to bless someone else who really needs it. Then I ask them to write me a letter and tell me what they did, and that's the gift I get on Christmas.

This year my dad and stepmom used the money for my gift and did the Angel Tree. They chose a 15-year-old girl and got her all kinds of fun and useful things. When I read their letter I remembered what it was like to be 15 and I was so touched and happy that she would have a Christmas like the kind my parents used to give me.

Truly, the joy that comes from helping and serving others is SO much better than STUFF! I am so happy that you are out there being such a good example to those around you. Trust me, you are light years ahead of your peers when it comes to spiritual maturity. Keep on the right path and you will do amazing things with your life, Alyssa! <3 ((HUGS))

Brooke said...

I'm actually an Agnostic {don't believe in god} but I agree about keeping things real. Giving is better than receiving, and there are other people out there who aren't having a merry Christmas that need one.

Merry Christmas!