018 – Merry Christmas from YourBestManager.com
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It’s that time of year again… literally. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, can you believe it?
I can believe it. I believe it so much that I spent 2 hours standing in line at Bass Pro Shops to see Santa (I asked for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!)
But seriously, despite holiday chaos, Jake (my 3-year-old) got to ask Santa for a guitar (and a kitchen) and Isaac ceremoniously screamed his head off as soon as Chris Kringle smiled …and I say ceremoniously because when Jake went to see Santa for the first time… he was in a great mood up until he get about 2 feet from Santa Clause… and then bloody murder! And with Isaac? Exact same thing.
It was worth it.
If you’ve been following me since the beginning (which would be about 5 weeks at this point), you’ve probably noticed that although it’s Friday, I haven’t released a leadership interview today. For the next week, I’ve decided to scale back a bit and release two mini-episodes; a Christmas episode today and a New Year’s episode next Friday.
We’ll then hop right back into the routine of 3 new episodes a week, starting Monday, January 2nd.
Before we hop into today’s show, I wanted to give a quick announcement. I mentioned last Monday that I will be hosting a live masterclass online event in January. Well, I’ve settled on a title, the date has been set and the content is going to be extremely valuable. If you are interested in attending (and if you manage people you should be interested) you can just click below to register.
Free Live Webinar: 7 Reasons Your Best Employees Will Quit This Year
Without further adieu…
Merry Christmas from YourBestManager.com
When I was brainstorming content for today, I had a million thoughts run through my mind as I tried to find a way to connect people management with Christmas. For starters, I recognize that not everyone listening celebrates Christmas, and some may care less about this time of the year.
However, I celebrate Christmas, and regardless of where you stand on the holiday, it’s a holiday… and it’s an important one for me.
But I didn’t want to butcher the Christmas message by trying to slap some motivational quote or management principle on top of it, so I’ve decided to do something very simple today.
I’m not sure where or when you will be listening to this episode, but I’m also not sure how frequently the real Christmas story is shared out in mainstream media these days. So I thought for those of you who don’t know the “reason for the season”… or even those who do know it, maybe today would be a nice opportunity to just listen to that story and sit in wonder for a few minutes.
Once upon a time in the cold white north… just kidding, wrong story.
The story I’m going to be reading for you is from the Bible and is about the birth of a man named Jesus. I’ll read a short passage from the book of Luke, Chapter 1 and then I’ll read another passage from the book of Matthew, Chapter 1 & Chapter 2.
So, here we go, Luke Chapter 1, verses 26 – 38:
The Christmas Story
Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[c] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 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 father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[d]
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[e] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[f] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Now, I’ll read from Matthew Chapter 1, verse 18 through the end of Chapter 2.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[e] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[f] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The Flight to Egypt
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Herod Kills the Children
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
The Return to Nazareth
19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
That’s it! That’s the Christmas story right there, and if you want to read more, do some research, look at the history, take a peek at some of the resources below:
Want to Read More? BibleGateway.com
Questions about the Christmas Story and Christianity? ChristianAnswers.net/Christmas
Interested in the nitty gritty of history? BiblicalArchaeology.org
Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas!