The most important gift we can give someone during this holiday season is love. Love comes in the form of believing in that person’s dreams, having confidence in their ability to do something hard, and supporting that person in their endeavors. Believing in someone gives that individual power.
This is why it is so important for teachers to believe that their students can learn, parents believe in the success of their children, and spouses to believe in the abilities of their husbands and wives.
What other people think about is still no substitute for our need to believe in ourselves, but it is a catalyst for moving us forward in actualizing our faith. It helps when someone we look up to identifies our ability to overcome, learn, and conquer.
The Christmas season is a good time to renew our faith in God. God is still in the miracle working business. Christmas is surrounded with miracles.
When Mary conceived a child by the power of the Holy Spirit, and had not had sexual relations with any man, including her fiancé, Joseph—that was a miracle. At first she doubts her ability and worth to carry out the task, and Gabriel’s response gives her the confidence to move forward and give birth to Jesus, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end,” Luke 1:30-33.
Then, she wanted to know how this could possibly happen.
Gabriel explains that nothing is impossible with God. God chose Mary because he believed in her. Regardless of how imperfect we are (our inexperience and our inadequacies), God believes in us. We must act like God when it comes to others. We must believe in them, and what God has destined for their lives. Often when we are around people who do not believe in us, discourage us, and speak negatively over us, we do not make any progress. We give up, and we find ourselves in dead end relationships, careers, and on other dead end streets because someone told us that we could not do it.
We need to be around people who believe in God’s ability to do anything God wants with the life and skills of another person. We need to be around individuals who tell us through their words and actions: “I believe in you!” God’s belief in Mary, his favor upon her, his decision to choose her, gave her the confidence she needed to embrace her pregnancy. Isn’t this the way God operates? God has no doubt in his abilities and power, but it takes us believing in him to see his power become manifest in our lives. There are times in our lives when we stop believing. The dream is too incredible. The wait has been too long. The resources appear to have run out. It’s impossible. But we have to keep on believing.
We all remember The Polar Express, a movie revealing a boy who no longer believed in Santa Claus. Through the journey on the Polar Express, he believes. The boy receives a bell without a tone, but when he rings the bell, he can hear it ringing. The boy’s parents can’t hear the bell. They celebrate Christmas, but they don’t believe. If we do not hear the bell, let us renew our faith and belief in the miraculous power of God. I believe in you!