Only three days into the 2018, and only two days back into work. Turns out, the same people who were always annoying, are still annoying. The same habits I've always had, are still hard to break, and there is no Christmas or New Year's magic that can solve my issues. Ok, lets be honest, there probably is not enough magic anywhere to do that, but that is not the point. Oh! And the worst part about this time of year, (besides the cold as I've established,) is the influx of people at the gym. I want to be over here cheering them on, and promoting healthy living. Really. But can't they spread it out? Like half of the newly athletic minded people start in July or something. Is that an option?
Ok, I know what you're thinking. Geez, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Actually, I'm just good at whining, it is one of my many talents ;) Honestly though, today is a very good day. Because, while it is true that the "magic" wears off quickly, like a new toy the week after Christmas, God's grace never ever does. The miracle of Baby Jesus coming to us in such humble beginnings, just to save us...well that should be enough to get us through at least a week of dealing with those treadmill spot thieves. What can I say, I like my spot! Seriously though, how is it possible that we forget so quickly the blessings He has poured down on us in this season?
In our human nature, it is easy to focus on what we don't have. Truly though, I am immeasurably blessed. Sometimes I think back to the old days, (like, way old days, not the "I walked to school uphill both ways" kind of old days,) where Christians were executed for their faith. Heck, it is still happening today in less privileged countries. Those brave martyrs didn't focus on what was going wrong, (aka - a lot,) but instead held onto that grace, and suffered pain I cannot begin to imagine. They did all of this for the Holy Name of Jesus.
Which brings us to today's feast...the feast day honoring His Holy Name. Gabriel appeared to St. Joseph instructing him to name the child "Jesus," meaning "God saves." In this little tiny child, as well as in the very essence of His name, is the power and grace to save ALL NATIONS. Mic drop. What more could a girl ask for? The God of the whole universe, and beyond, came to save me, and you. So lets challenge ourselves today, to see Jesus, to see that saving grace of God, in someone we normally wouldn't. Even if that happens to come in the form of a very rude person in MY treadmill spot... Let's honor His Holy Name, by seeing Him in the least of these.