A few months ago, I met up with a good friend of mine who I knew had been running away from God for quite some time. Not long ago, her life took a different turn and she had turned her back on God. And although I had known it for a while, I felt uncomfortable bringing up God or Jesus because I knew where that conversation would go. But a few months ago, I was willing to risk it all – including our long-time friendship – because I couldn’t hold it any longer. I knew that her happiness depended on her relationship with God. So I told her that I knew she was running away from God. She said that she didn’t need God because He didn’t seem to care about her situation, that she was capable of taking care of herself better than He could. I told her what I’ve known for so long – our worst day with God is better than our best day without Him. She said she was too far gone to come home, but I reassured her that God would find her. So I prayed for her then and after our meeting.
A few weeks ago, she messaged me to tell me that she was feeling down. She didn’t quite know why, but she felt like something was missing. She knew it was time to come home. We both knew it. So she did. I’m thankful that she got her Christmas miracle – her restored relationship with God – and I couldn’t be happier! The best gift we can give others is the same gift God gave us thousands of years ago – His Son, Jesus. He is the only One who can fill us with His joy, peace and love. Apart from Him, nothing else can fill us. So I’m asking, what are you giving your loved ones today? I pray that it’s the same Gift that can change their lives for the better, helping them rise with the Son and above their circumstances.