There is something different about this time of the year. I get the same type of feeling when the Easter season comes around. People are seemingly kinder, more polite and just seem to be in a better mood.
I don't know if people realize that they are acting differently, but they do. Go into a store during another time of the year and you do not always sense the same kind of generous spirit or attitude. Don't get me wrong, I like it but I do find it interesting.
Indeed, we are created as emotional people. The way we feel has a lot to do with the way we act, especially toward others. But where does our emotional makeup come from? According to pastor Pete Scazzero, author of the very popular book "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality," a lot of who we are comes from how we were raised. Over the years, the emotional imprints become visible in how we look at life, treat others and in many ways, even how we relate to what God wants to do in our lives.
Once Jesus was confronted with a very important question. The lawyer asked, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus responded by saying, "You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Mt. 22:37). He followed it up with a second commandment just like the first, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mt. 22:39).
To be able to obey these two commandments one would have to be spiritually and emotionally healthy. If one is obedient to these two commandments, he or she would be able to have the right attitude all the time, whether it was Christmas, Easter or not. The christian's goal should be to develop a lifestyle of obedience to the degree that everything they do gives evidence of their spiritual and emotional health.
Yes, it is Christmas time and it is a special time of the year. But, everyday is special when one understands the privilege and responsibility that we have as believers in Christ.