This week in Chapel, the president of the college spoke to the students and asked a very poignant question, "Where would you be today if Jesus had never been born?"
Personally, I didn't have a quick answer for that question--I didn't know.  Christ has been such an integral part of my life since elementary school, I didn't have a clue what my life would look like without Him.
While my thoughts were spinning, one of our students answered the question audibly.  He stated "If Jesus had never been born, I'd be dead."  While there is a theological truth in this statement, he didn't mean it that way; what this student was saying was that he would be physically dead if it wasn't for him having Christ in his life.  And knowing the story of this students life, he wasn't exaggerating.
While it is kind of a morbid way to look at the holiday season, it also gives me a new perspective.  if 2000 years ago there wasn't a baby  born in a stable, where would I be today?  Where would my purpose come from? Would there be a point to my life at all? 
I probably wouldn't live in Soldotna, have met  Shannon, or work at a College.  My life would be different, it would be lacking true joy.

A baby born in the manger 2000 years ago changed my life.  Christ is truly the greatest gift of this holiday season.

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