I saw the coolest thing the other day and couldn’t wait to share it with you! It all starts with Charlie Brown and his Christmas special. I watch it every year! I turn it on, play Christmas music in the background, sip egg nog from a pretty glass, and we decorate the tree. Not for nothing, by the end, it’s me decorating, my oldest pretending to, and my youngest laid out somewhere, displaying his total disinterest in decorating the tree.
Anyway, I had never noticed this certain part of the show, in all the years I have watched it, until I came across this blurb the other day. Linus, one of the main characters in all of Charlie Brown and Snoopy world, always ALWAYS had his security blanket. Like always!! It was his security. It was what made him feel safe. It was his habit. It was his “go-to”. In this particular scene, as Charlie Brown became frustrated with figuring out exactly what was the real meaning of Christmas, Linus, who knew the real meaning, walks to center stage, and quotes Luke 2:8-14. (In the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s good to re-visit this passage, lest we forget the real meaning, as well!).
It’s a passage I memorized by heart when I was 5 years old. And every year watching it, I quote it mindlessly, while untangling lights and promising myself I would store them better this year. I quote it mindlessly while placing cherries in the center of my freshly baked peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips (don’t knock it till you try it). I quote along mindlessly as I argued my point that egg nog is the best ever (I’m the only one in my home that drinks it).
“And they were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, FEAR NOT: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”.
When Linus began reciting this passage, he was holding the blanket. However, when he got to “FEAR NOT” he dropped the blanket! First time ever! That’s huge! Many believe that Charles Schulz , the creator, did this intentionally, and so do I. How absolutely awesome is it that in 1965, scripture was quoted on television, and in 2015 the same episode airs? In the midst of all the mess on television, the real meaning of Christmas is still being told. God is still represented on television. Maybe not how we would like…and definitely not enough. But He is there (and not just on soap operas. Because girl let me tell you, those Y&R folks can sleep with the next door neighbors while their wives are at the country club, die and come back to life, feed their wives dog food in an attempt to kill her, then go to the hospital chapel to ask God for forgiveness while she clings to life, then cry in the sanctuary at the funeral…claiming he knows she is now resting with God.)
Because of the birth of Jesus Christ, I don’t need to hold onto material things to provide me comfort. I have Jesus. And He is my security.
And the more I learn, recite, live and love the word of God, the easier it is for me to drop things (and people) that are false comforts. Just like Linus. It’s not a mindless quote from something I memorized eons ago. It’s a truth in my life!
The real reason we give our bodies to men that are not our husbands, and that don’t deserve us, is because deep down we are unsettled and searching for comfort. Which causes us to rationalize why a piece of a man, is better than no man at all. The real reason we go into debt buying things we don’t need nor can afford is because deep down we are unsettled and searching for comfort (I am NOT, in this instance, referring to a little bit of retail therapy…because every girl needs a little retail therapy). The reason why we settle so far beneath what we deserve is because we are unsettled and searching for comfort. But our bad habits can come under the subjection of Jesus Christ, when we place them there.
We live in such uncertain times. The news tells us everyday, how scary a place the world has become. Sis, during this holiday season, put down your blanket. Put down that man you know you have no business being with. Put down those girlfriends you know are an awful influence on you. Put down those fillers…that don’t truly fill us like we need…the alcohol, the cigarettes, etc. You fill in the blank. Whatever it is. Jesus came so you didn’t have to do that. Put it down! And pick up Jesus…