New Tradition

For the past ten years or so Christmas Eve has been a very busy time. A normal Christmas Eve for me has been going to work from 4a.m. until 2 p.m. or so, rushing home and getting ready to head to Columbus to spend time with the kids by 4:30 or so. After eating pizza and opening gifts we would rush to Church for a candle light service then back to Ricky’s house.  Hilary’s Mom and Dad and others would join us and the grandchildren would put on a skit and Ricky would read a Bible story about he birth of Christ. A few more snacks then get the kids to bed then help put out Santa. Finally, at 10p.m. or later head to bed ourselves.

This year we have decided to start a new family tradition.  Because of all the rush on Christmas Eve, trying to get off work in time to spend time with family we went down Saturday and spent about four hours just family time. It was very nice.
This year the “hit” gift was a Hannah Montana plastic guitar we gave Tennyson.  All at once all three became stars. Moreland said she was Hannah, T.K. was Miley and Eli just joined right in. They put on quite a show and we all had a good time laughing and taking pictures. T.K. would tell Morley “let us go practice”, so off to the other room they would go. When they came back in I had to introduce them “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention? Give a big hand for Hannah and Miley!” Everyone would clap as they came back into the room. They would sing and Baby Eli would dance around, always with some toy in his hands.

The Bible tells us that we should behave ourselves Christlike or become more like Him. The more that the girls played Hannah the more that wanted to look and act like their “star.”  The longer we walk with the Lord the more like the Lord we should become.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

It seems strange that Paul had to beg (beseech) Christians to at like Christ, which is a reasonable thing to expect. The more we act like Christ the greater the impact we have on those around us.
Acts 11: 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

If these children can be transformed into Hannah Montana with a plastic guitar, how much more should we be transformed in His image with a Bible and fellow believers.

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