Christmas Eve is here. The day when kids are stressed more than any other because they can not remember truly how bad they may have been this past year and now, now the whole deal rests on Santa’s list and the jolly man’s memory. If he checked the list twice does that mean he possibly found more discrepancies in our behavior? Is there a way to clear up past indiscretions inside the 24 hour window? Should a last minute confession be made to a parent to make sure all misunderstandings of behavior is out in the open? At least in America, at least on this one day, even the bad kids are trying to be good kids. What is interesting is that we know this day comes each year and yet we misbehave anyway and try to clear it all up as the deadline looms.
This approach to Santa by children across America is really an indication as to how we approach God as adults. We know He’s watching. We know He has a list not necessarily of all the bad stuff we have done, but, also the kind acts, the belief and acceptance of His son, being faithful to our mission, stuff like that.
As the song says, “He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.” It is always at this line that the sounds of Bruce Springsteen invades my head. However God has it planned, we each know that one day we will be held accountable for our lives here. God is not as much concerned about us “pouting” or “crying” as He is about the Hope that was given to us and whether we in turn gave away that Hope to others.
It’s late. 12:42 a.m. to be exact. In your remaining hours of celebrating this special season use the day and your life on this day as though Christ is coming back on the night of the 24th, and that when you wake up on the morning of the 25th the results of your actions will be known.
We should conduct ourselves as adults considering the return of Christ as seriously as children do considering the annual return of Santa.