Curing Your Holiday Heart Condition

BY PASTOR MARK LEE

Whether it is the tale of a boy and a BB gun, the account of an old man haunted by ghosts, or the story of an overgrown elf searching for his parents, Christmas movies are one of the most anticipated aspects of the holidays. And, of the hundreds of films created to celebrate the season, one always tops the list of favorites: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The saga of a green guy with a heart “two sizes too small” strikes a chord with audiences – and for good reason.

While some refer to December as the “most wonderful time of the year,” there are many people who would disagree. From relationship problems and financial woes to work responsibilities and time constraints, everyday life is difficult enough. Add in the demands of the holiday season, and you have a recipe for disaster. In fact, studies reveal that depression, anxiety, and stress all peak at Christmastime. Therefore, it is no surprise that many can relate to the Grinch’s heart condition.

One of the reasons our hearts aren’t quite what they should be during the holidays is because of unresolved issues. Owning up to your problems is the first step toward healing. Asking for, or granting, forgiveness is also important. The process of curing what ails you may be painful, terrifying, and unpleasant, but the results are extraordinary.

Proverbs 27:19 says, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.” The way you view Christmas has nothing to do with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and everything to do with the state of your heart. By taking the proper steps, you can ensure that the reason for the season will shine through!

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