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Rev. David Hart, retired pastor, member of New Covenant United Church of Christ. Photo provided

Christmas has just passed, and I hope that people remembered the real reason for the season: the babe born in Bethlehem who changed the course of history forever. Jesus is part of your every day, whether you are a believer or not. We believers feel His impact on our lives because we recognize His works each day. The same also goes for everyone. We all see His impact but some think life just happens, and they have to take what they get.

However, Matthew 10:29-31 states, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (NIV). Scripture also speaks of the Lord keeping watch over “your coming and going, both now and forever” (Psalm 121:8). There is no getting away from the Lord, so to speak. The Lord, whether you are a believer or not, is present with you every day. According to Jeremiah 1:5, He knows us before we are even born.

So what will we do with this information in the new year? Will you be a person with convictions in the new year? Will you smile more at those passing by, or be polite to other drivers in traffic? Will you think more about how you can help the homeless and neighbors in need?

You don't make a difference if you have all the money in the world but only watch it accumulate. You don't make a difference if you just throw your spare change in a beggar's cup and offer no further help. You don't make a difference if you call the police because a homeless person is sleeping on a bench when you have room but don't invite him in. Food, a warm bed, and a hot bath are everyday signs of God’s presence in life. Richness isn't just money; it is how you spend your life that is important.

Remember what Jesus said to the rich man who wanted to follow Him, “What do I still lack?” he asked Jesus. Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me. When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth” (Matthew 19:16-22).

You see, this rich young man didn't want to give his wealth away. He probably felt he earned it, so why couldn't he sit at his table counting his money? Yet at this encounter with Jesus, he still couldn't give up all his wealth to achieve what was really important: salvation! The rich young man lost all that truly matters: a personal relationship with Christ the Lord! When you think about it; all that matters in life is to know the peace that only Jesus can give us.

That's the direction you need to aim for in 2020. That's the gift that parents need to convey to their children. Jesus' love and word can give you all that is needed in life. Know Jesus, and hold Him in your heart. That is the real reason for this season and all seasons to come.

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