2018 has been a fulfilling year for us at YMI. We launched our very first online devotional, published over 560 articles, produced 39 artspace projects and 7 videos to help you ask the whys and walk out your purpose.
In a matter of weeks—or even days—streets will be lined with dazzling displays, shops will be brimming with holiday gifts and Christmas carols will reverberate through the air.
For many of us, it’s a highly anticipated change. It, after all, marks the arrival of our favorite season, Christmas. It’s the time we get warm fuzzy feelings, feel more generous and make an effort to rekindle bonds. But above all that, it’s the time we celebrate the greatest gift God gave to each one of us—His son, Jesus Christ.
So once again, let’s come before the Lord with grateful hearts this December. Let’s celebrate Jesus’ birth and the life He gave us. And let’s be willing to give generously, till it hurts—just as God did for us.
In the spirit of giving, here’s five articles we want to share with you to help us reflect on the most wonderful time of the year.
No, seriously. Nothing much about Christmas makes sense, when you think about it. Here’s five reasons why.
If there was no Christ in Christmas, there would be little hope for us. It would mean we would be on our own in this world—alone in our loneliness, in our mistakes, in our addictions, and in our hopelessness.
But Christ did come that first Christmas, and it makes all the difference in the world.
Have you ever received a lovely gift and thanked the giver appropriately, only to realize later that it was homemade? Suddenly the significance of the gift grows, because you now know that the giver had put in much effort and many hours into it, and your former expression of thanks doesn’t seem adequate any more.
Something like that happened to me recently, when I started reading the books of Genesis and Matthew side by side.
December feels sorrowful. In this month, bad things happened. A good friend’s mum went into the surgical room for a minor operation, but never came out alive. Another experienced complications during childbirth and the long anticipated child came into the world with permanent disabilities.
Yet, while my friends are grieving, the world is still spinning.
Ah, it’s Christmas! A perfect time to mark a significant date with brothers and sisters in Christ. A perfect time to share the gospel and tell people about the love of God that sent His Son down to earth to save us from our sins. And a perfect time NOT to…
“If only we had this or that.”
How many times does that thought cross our minds every day?
In life, we have many expectations. But they don’t always match up with reality, so we end up wishing and praying for things we don’t have.
Perhaps we’re obsessed with finding “the one” to spend the rest of our lives with. Or perhaps we’re unhappy with our family and secretly wish we were born into a different one. Or maybe we always dreamed of doing or achieving something but things just didn’t go according to plan.
What do you daydream about every day? Is there something eating at you daily? Have you ever stopped to ask, why?
This month, let’s talk about our expectations, wishes and dreams. It’s time to get real, people.
Somewhere out there is my Mr. Right. When I find him, I will be whole and happy. I bought this lie. And I don’t think I’m the only one. As the rising numbers of broken families and failed marriages attest, many of us have bought into the fantasy of “the right one” as portrayed in numerous books and movies.
Have you ever had wishes, desires, and dreams? Have you ever written down the things you really want to achieve by a certain point in your life? Have you ever found out that some dreams will never come true, and some wishes are simply impossible to reach? I have.
Many of us have our own image of what our ideal family should look like. Maybe it’s a traditional one, where the husband brings home the bacon while his wife looks after their young children. Or maybe it’s a DINK (Dual Income, No Kids). Or maybe it’s one with lots and lots of children, so you can shower them all with your love. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world.
We are surrounded by a plethora of choices every single day.
What to eat, what to wear, where to go, what to do, and how to do it. And the more affluent our societies get, well, the more the options increase and the more decisions we have to make. When it comes to choosing between right and wrong, the answer is obvious enough. But what about when it comes to matters like relationships and work?
What determines our choice? How do we go about making choices? How different are our choices from our friends—or are they any different?
The struggle is real. But we can learn from each other. Let’s be encouraged by these pieces.
I intend to choose my life partner carefully. I wouldn’t want to be found with someone who cannot nourish the inviolable parts of me, or if I cannot nourish them in him. Nor do I want to be caught in a predicament where my partner and I live in separate worlds where we share the business of life, but we never touch each other where the heart lives and dreams.
Follow your heart, and do what makes you happy. People offered me this advice countless times while I was growing up. So I followed my heart—and dived straight into a whirlpool of destructive choices.
While our marriage isn’t perfect (trust me when I say that it’s a struggle to get through the conflicts), we have developed three ways to work out our differences, which I’d like to share. It’s going to be tough, but it’s totally worth it.
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