No, not aviator, but avatar.  Not advent, as in the season, but avatar.  When was the first time you heard this strange new word?  Was it something you heard your kids talking about in context of some RPG (Role Playing Game) that you never heard of? 

I just went to a new movie by that name, and I had no idea what it was about before I went.  But, hey, it was in 3-D on a giant IMAX screen, in digital high definition, so I absolutely had to go with my kids! I mean, I had to show my kids that I was modern and "with it", didn't I?  And guess what?  I totally LOVED it!  Even with wearing those awkward 3-D glasses right over the top of my regular coke bottle bottom glasses.

And I haven't been able to get it off my mind since.  Without giving up the story, suffice to say some of the local characters were very spiritual beings, living very real lives in a real world, full of wonders, beauty and Deity.  

Which made me wonder if I am living a real Christian life, or if there is a real me in the background watching my surrogate, my avatar, living a false life on my behalf.  Am I a "real" Christian, or do I go through the motions pretending to be a "true" Christian.  Well, I know I believe that God became a man some 2000 years ago, and then died to take away my sins.  I believe if I live my life to the best of my ability in a manner that Jesus taught us, I still will miss the mark, but Jesus will love me anyway, and forgive me.  I know I love my God with all my heart and mind and soul, and want to follow him the rest of my life.  And I know I refuse to apologize to anyone for my faith, or to be ashamed about my faith.  I know for sure God has worked in wondrous ways in my life, and in the lives of others around me.  I know He is very real.  So, I know I am a real Christian, even if I don't always live up to everything that implies.

So, in this season when I should be focused on the birth of my savior and what He did for me, I pray that I not forget to be a real Christian, and that I not focus too much on money or gifts or stress.  I pray that it is really me living a real, positive, loving, joy-filled Christian life, not my avatar pretending and going through the motions of going to church or giving money with  the wrong motivations.

May we all see each other as we really are, the way Jesus wants us to be, not as we think others want us to be in some perfect, but unreal world.

God Bless and Merry Christmas, for our Savior is born!

Randy Weldon

Check out Day 22 of our 24 Days of Books - today's book recommendation is The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale,  retold by Angela Elwell Hunt, illustrated by Tim Jonke. Read more about it and see all the other books recommended so far by clicking here.

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