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  • Live Inspired

    John O’Leary, Live Inspired

    “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.
    That’s what Christmas is all about.” – Linus from Charlie Brown Christmas

    “Is that all?”

    It’s an innocent enough question.

    Well, unless it’s being posed to you by one of your kids on Christmas morning…

    Last Christmas Eve we went to church, to my parents’ Christmas celebration. Then, we went to Beth’s family, enjoyed a late desert, more holiday cheer, and more presents. We stayed out late, got up early the next day and then raced down together to see if Santa came.

    And oh man, did he come!

    Beth and I sipped our coffee and watched the kids check their stockings, tear into their gifts and have a freaking blast! As the final presents were unwrapped, the excitement slowly faded.

    Our oldest, Jack, looked up and asked, “Is that all?”

    Is that all?!

    After dealing with all the traffic and crowded stores to get you these special gifts that were on your list you’re going to ask “Is that all?”

    After wrapping and stuffing stockings and eating three bites of carrots and sipping milk from Rudolph’s bowl before going to bed at 3 A.M. you’re going to ask “Is that all?”

    After all the parties we raced to and outfits we shoehorned you into and cookies we baked with you, you’re going to ask “Is that all?!!”

    With all of these thoughts dancing in my head, I looked at my little man and reminded him, “No. This is not it at all.”

    There is so much more. The presents and cookies and cards are just an excuse to celebrate what this thing, this day, this life, is really all actually about.

    Real joy, real peace, and real love is seldom wrapped, rarely arrives through the chimney and is generally not found under the tree. [Tweet this.] | [Share on Facebook].

    Sometimes they arrive as an old friend, a gentle snow, a new love, a family tradition. They also arrive through the least likely of packages. They can grow out of financial woes, flight delays and personal struggles. And they typically are birthed when no one is around to notice.

    This Christmas week, take pause to open up and celebrate all of the amazing gifts of your life.

    Today, and every day, especially remember to unwrap the present that arrived 2,000 years ago. It’s the greatest you’ll ever open: the promise that regardless of what you encounter today or face tomorrow, there is reason to rejoice, celebrate and sing out.

    So, is that all?

    Yup, that is all. And in the midst of a world that often seems to be engaged in constant conflict; that is more than enough.

    My friend, I wish you a healthy and happy holiday, a very merry Christmas, and a joy filled New Year. The best is yet to come. Stay on fire.

    Today is your day. Live Inspired.’Leary
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