St. Nick, Jesus, or Both?

mti2nzy0mzizmzu4otm4mzg2Merry Christmas Week!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that my Christian friends have a variety of practices and opinions on the concept of Santa Claus. After a recent discussion about this with my wife and her parents about the role Santa played in her childhood versus mine, I’ve decided to dig a little deeper into the matter.

Why is Santa considered a controversial topic? Is it because Santa isn’t in the Bible? Is it because it is too pagan? Does the idea/practice of having Santa involved in Christmas deceive kids?

Where does Santa come from? Most people agree he is based on St. Nicholas. According to Biography.com , he was born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Turkey, circa 280. St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who helped the needy. After his death, the legend of his gift-giving grew. St. Nicholas transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who brings Christmas presents to children around the world. Check out the link for more information.

Isn’t helping the less fortunate one of the main parts of being a Christian? Jesus commanded us to love one another, and to love our neighbor. Isn’t that what Saint Nicholas did?

If you include Santa in Christmas, why not teach kids that being good doesn’t get you presents, but giving them is the bigger picture?

My wife came across the following the other day that is a way to incorporate Santa and not deceive your kids. Here is a great way to transition your kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming their own Santa.

When they are about 6 or 7, whenever you see that dawning suspicion that Santa may not be a material being, that means the child is ready. Take them out “for coffee” at the local wherever. Get a booth, order your drink and make the following statement:

“You sure have grown an awful lot this year. Not only are you taller, but I can see that your heart has grown too.” Then list several empathetic behaviors, consideration of people’s feelings, good deeds etc.

“In fact, your heat has grown so much that I think you are ready to become a Santa Claus. You probably have noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed up like him. Some of your friends might have even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that, because they aren’t ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.”

Ask them the best things about Santa. Then continue with:

“Well now YOU are ready to do your first job as a Santa!”

Come up with a neighbor, or a friend to do a secret mission for. Find out deviously what that person needs and then provide it, wrap it, deliver it and never revel to the target where it came from. Being a Santa isn’t about getting credit. It’s about unselfish giving.

That is what Christmas should be like regardless. Be like Jesus, whether that is  with or without Santa.

Until Next Time Readers,

God Bless!

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Buying Time

blog-Feb13-600x300 Good afternoon readers! As I said in a tweet earlier this morning, I want to apologize for the lack of posts recently. My new nephew was in town from California, so my time online was limited. So, let’s pick up from where I left off. This post will finish out chapter 1 of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick.

What if time travel existed? What if there was a shop where you could extend a certain day to be more than 24 hours. Unfortunately, those things don’t exist. But there is a way to “buy time”. It is with the choices you make.

Throughout my childhood and even now, I have  heard the phrase “Make use of the time you have. You don’t know how much you have left.” How do you spend your time? Do you sit on the couch and let time just pass you by, or do you make good decisions with it? I myself have my days. Some days I just wanna sit on the couch and do nothing. What does that get me? Nothing. If I make good use of my time by being productive, I feel like I have accomplished something for that day.

Determined men realize that they have twenty-four hours in a day, and if they waste time it is because they intend to do so. Determined men take time seriously and are very intentional about how they use it.– Darrin Patrick

You only have one life. Make good use of it.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Continuing The Adventure

54a67bddab9630_conquer the mountain Hello again! Wow, I never thought I would write in this blog again. Honestly, I thought that all my previous entries had been erased. It has been 3 years since I touched this blog. The other day, I felt a pull. That pull, I believe, is God telling me to write again. Whether this be for myself, or for others, only He knows. So, let’s see where this leads.

For those new to this site,or for anyone needing a refresher, I started this blog based off of a devotional that was presented at a small-group Christmas party back on December 13th, 2009.

In that devotional, the man leading it challenged us to live by a specific scripture.

Romans 8:15 (The Message)

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

That message really sparked something in me to deepen my life with Christ.

Upon being challenged with that message, I decided to start doing a quiet time. During that quiet time, God told me to write. Time got in the way of that about 3 years ago, so I stopped writing. Honestly, I wish I hadn’t. By writing this blog, I learned so much about God, and well myself. Writing about what I was experiencing, reading, music I was listening to, Christian news, etc., was my quiet time with Him.

I am anxious to start connecting more with Him.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Get To Know Me!

Hello again readers! I am writing this post a head of time in response to my post from yesterday. Good morning by the way!

I know that many of you that read my blog are friends of mine, but there are many of you that I have never met.

For the last year, I have been writing this blog, and have kinda hid behind the wall of not putting my “real” self out there. I have share with you my thoughts and opinions, but I have never given you a face of the person writing these blogs.

So here I am, and below is a little bit about myself.

My name is Tom McDaniel. I am currently am 29 years old and live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. I have been married to my wife Nicole for about a year and half. We currently don’t have any children.

I graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Business Management. Although, I currently do not use the degree in my professional career, I plan to in the future.

My wife and I NorthChurch.tv in Oklahoma City. We have connected with a great group of people and love it there.

In my spare time, I am a technology junkie. I love reading about computers, video games, etc.. I also play softball for my church, and enjoy watching many sports.

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So there is a short bio on me. I hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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