This time of year millions of people around the world renew their faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a time for service, forgiving, and improving. Many will give up old habits and come unto the One who makes all miracles possible.
In 1926 Dr. James Allen Francis penned words that should not only be reflected upon during the Christmas season, but throughout the entire year.
“He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He was only 33 when public opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had.. . . on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life.”
One life made an eternal difference for the entire human race. This year, and every year, lets reflect and improve. Lets find opportunities to serve others. If we all do our part, we can make the world a better place.