A large number of Christians today say - I don't have to do anything, if it is God's will, it will happen. Know someone who says that? In reality, words are like a cup that fills until it's full and it overflows - good or bad it depends on what you say, but when it overflows, your words are realized. God's will is that you speak life-filled words, so that your life is overflowing with goodness.
And at one point I realized, if I can't speak God's Word, what He says about my situation, then I have to keep my mouth shut, no matter what I see, hear or feel!
I think I'm an ordinary person with my own birds in my head. What does Christmas mean to me? Deep respect for God, for His mercy towards us people. And of course a party with Jesus because it's His birthday.
Has anything changed Today?
We can go to the Divine Service, be in it, praise God, hear His Word, but not connecting what we heard with faith, being in unbelief (coming guided by other motives), being resentful of anyone, we can leave the same as we came…
That day we came to a fire that God had already extinguished. We were praying for God to guide and arrange everything. And God just poured out His miracles upon us!
If we go deeper and think about values and attitudes towards God and the worldly, then we will realize that they are mostly opposite values and attitudes in outlook/ living/ behavior/ thinking.
Your faith came into you the moment you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
God opened my eyes and helped me accept the fact that I thought of the problem from the moment I woke up in the morning to the moment I went to sleep. And even waking up at night that is my first thought. Although I stood up, I thought more about the problems than about the Biblical promises I stood for.
True comfort comes only from God. God knows every day you have lived and the one you have never experienced before! Moreover, God knows all your events, misunderstandings, circumstances you are in now. He understands your suffering and heartache. He sympathizes with you.