22 Dec Let’s Have a Great Christmas

Brian Greenfield is a Catholic evangelist with a strong background in youth and young adult ministry. He is currently the director of campus ministry at Jesuit High School in Tampa, and is a speaker for Hard as Nails Ministry. Brian lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with his wife and their two children.

Be Present to What Matters Most

Christmas is only 2 days away. Let’s take what we have learned this Advent and live it out:

  • We asked big questions about who we are and why we are here.
  • We explored the best way to live, realizing the importance of our legitimate needs and our deeper desires.
  • We found that becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves is the surest way to happiness, not only for ourselves, but also for the people we love.
  • Finally, this week we explored the best practical tool in becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves: recognizing what matters most and what matters least so that we can say “yes” to the most important things.

You know what matters most. Let’s be present to our loved ones. Let’s spend time with Jesus in the classroom of silence. Let’s celebrate Christmas!

Focus

Don’t just wrap presents. Be present.

Act

Focus on what matters most this Christmas.

Pray

Jesus, help me to be present to my loved ones and to you this Christmas.

Transcript

There’s just a couple of days left until Christmas. We’ve come a long way during our time together.

We began to ask those big questions about life and sought out to live a better way.

We learned about becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves, and we spent the last week figuring out how we do it.

With Christmas only a couple days away, some of you may feel like you still need to make changes. That’s OK. There’s still time. It’s never too late to choose to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

Hopefully you’ve been able to recognize what you really want out of Christmas, and eliminated some of the distractions.

You can do this.

You can recognize what matters most and what matters least. You can have a great Christmas. You’re well on your way to becoming the-best-version-of-yourself.

Now’s the time to live it!

Let’s spend these last days of Advent investing in the things that matter most.

Let’s be present to our loved ones.

Let’s spend some time in silence.

Let’s really celebrate the birth of God, who loves us.

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  • Mary Evers

    Those last 3 sentences sum it all up, be present to loved ones, spend time in silence and celebrate the birth of the one who loves us. And I just realized that I did all 3 yesterday- so there is hope for me Yet! My challenge is to keep doing those things despite negativity coming from both other people and from within….

    • Karen

      This was going to be my post…last three sentences sums it up…blessings to you.

    • RD

      Amen

    • Lynne

      Oh so true – we just need to working on it.

  • Lupe Cota

    Christmas is the real presence.

  • Barb Stuart

    Good morning everyone,thank you Brian, for all your wisdom, sharing, and keeping on the real importance of this Advent season. For all the people that have shared their Advent with us.This Advent has opened my eyes more and awaken my brain for all the importance of this Advent Season. Peace and love to you all!

  • jesspinosa

    As Christmas approaches, loneliness is trying to raise its ugly head to ruin the spirit for me. I have a son and a brand-new grandson whom I want to see, but here it is, two days away and I do not know if they will come to visit, The thought of that kinda puts me in the dumps. But in one of the earlier posts, I mentioned choosing to be happy because that is what Christmas is all about, and that is what I will be. I have my Christmas Day planned out, and I will be with my Lord. On the second day of Christmas, a homeless friend will come to visit. I am cooking some special dishes for her and I will take her to see the Christmas sights in Manhattan – the giant Christmas tree, the huge red ornaments and the brightly lit stores with their animated displays, ending with dessert and tea. I will make it a special day for both of us. If I get a phone call from my son, that will be fine. My meticulously prepared photo album of my grandson’s first year will be waiting to be picked up. Loneliness, go away!

    • Kathiehc

      Family stuff can be so difficult. I’m glad you have plans for goodness this
      Christmas Season!

    • Jo

      Such wonderful plans for Christmas!

    • Mary Frances Schramp Horton

      Remember, ou can celebrate Christmas any day, every day- whenever they come and it’s convenient for them you can celebrate again. Focus on your plans and enjoy each moment. PEACE.

    • Carlos

      I am feeling the same pull of loneliness. It is that nagging resistance that is trying to keep me from being happy this Christmas. I believe that what we do in the midst of this loneliness is the key. Do we let it disrupt God’s plans for us? Or do we dive deeply into our dynamic collaboration with the Father? No one can prepare us for loneliness because it involves our deep seeded need to love others and to feel loved in return. We do love and we are loved. First and foremost by, through and with Jesus Christ. His presence is freeing me from these chains of loneliness. I commend you for your strength and resolve and for putting Christ at the center of your life. While we wait…God works. And He is working things out for our good!

    • Joyce W.

      How lovely to plan a special day for your homeless friend! She will be anticipating this and it will help with her own loneliness. You are so right to choose to be happy. One of the special things my grandmother told me was that she could be miserable or she could be choose to be cheerful. She had lost my grandfather in WW1 and her only son, my father in WW2, so she could have been bitter. But her cheerfulness brought her love and respect from all who knew her.

      I hope that your son will be in touch soon and that you will either be able to see that new grandson over Christmas, or have a date on your calendar when you will see him. (((Hugs))), and God bless you and all those others who have shared their battle with loneliness here.

    • Ssamaca

      Don’t let focus on the Christ Child distract you from people here on earth. Jesus wants us to focus on people. The Magi got out of their comfort zone and journeyed to see the Child. Take that album and your friend and go see your grandson. Follow your star and bring Christ’s love to your family.
      Blessings

  • Heidi V

    A heartfelt Thank you to dynamic Catholic for guiding me through this advent season and helping me focus on the most important aspects of the season–faith and family.

  • Alice

    I feel that Brian speaks directly to me through God..I get the message and I love focusing on Jesus during this special time of advent. God Bless Brian and all as we wait for the birth of Jesus.

  • Kathiehc

    To each of you who has posted during this Advent Season, I thank you for so honestly sharing your struggles, your insights & your words of comfort. You have been a very important part of my Best Advent Ever! Now I’m going to spend these next days being Present to those I love. Merry Christmas

  • Doris Rodriguez

    Today’s video brought tears to my eyes, especially since I picked up my oldest son from the airport last night. He will be with us until the day after Christmas. I pray that I can slow down, focus on the birth of Christ, and celebrate the homecoming of my firstborn son. Being present! What a gift! And how easy it is to give it! <3

  • Jo

    As we approach the end, I’m pondering wether I really did have the best advent ever. I think I did. It was different this year. I didn’t shop for hours, bake for days, or scurry around packing. Instead, I played music about the joy of the season in orchestra concerts, I spent time with the church and helping the youth group, and I made better decisions in becoming the best-version-of-myself. Thank you Dynamic Catholic, and thank you to all the speakers who have made videos for the program, as well as all those behind the scenes who make this program all it can be.

  • Carlos

    Spiritually and intellectually, this has been my Best Advent Ever. Although heartbreaking circumstances have weighed heavily on my mind over the past 6 months, my trust in God and His willingness to show me that he is working things out for our good has calmed me in the midst of the storm. I invested myself fully into the Best Advent Ever program and it has delivered it’s promise to me. I feel that I am focused on the important things and that my heart, mind and spirit are ready to give the birth of Christ it’s rightful place. I also feel that I am on the path of becoming the best version of myself. Thanks to all of you who have shared your personal stories. They have meant a lot to me. I find comfort knowing that others are walking similar paths and are also working wtih God to make the world a better place. God bless and Merry Christmas!

  • Shirley Johnson

    To prevent the loneliness on both sides of missing our son who is newly divorced, we have made plans to see him on Christmas Day.

    • Joyce W.

      So sorry you have the pain of divorce in your family. I know through the sharing of a dear friend how this touches all in the family, not just the couple involved. I pray that you will all be able to find the peace and joy in spite of this sad situation. God bless.

      • Shirley Johnson

        Divorce is not what we want any of our children to experience. But this one was a blessing. I just pray that God gives him the strength to stay away from her. He is returning to his old loving self. He is even getting back into the church.

  • Shirley Johnson

    In other words we are going to him instead of waiting for him to come to us. Sometimes we need to show our children that we WANT to be with them by going the extra mile.

  • Joyce W.

    I will go to the children’s early mass on Christmas Eve alone, as my hubby is not a believer, and I look forward to the rest of the evening with him and then the visit of our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter for the next 3 days. I’m looking forward to playing board games, maybe getting out in the snow together, and I’m rather thankful that we are such a tiny family as I couldn’t handle a crowd! I will try to take the quiet times I need over Christmas, and just share Jesus’ love by being present to them the rest of the time.

  • RAB-G

    This daily reflection has been a wonderful touchstone & I have enjoyed it so much.
    Thanks to all who helped make it available to us.
    “Merry Christmas” Peace, Joy & Love to every person who is reading this,
    Rose Ann

  • Pat

    I am grateful to all of you for your willingness to share your struggles and your joys. This has been a very edifying experience, and to each of you; you have been a Christmas gift from God. As Christmas approaches I feel I have better prepared myself for Our Lord and His Day. In times past, I think I was more centered on presents, food….stuff! This year, all the stuff took a back seat and through His Grace, everything fell into place!

  • Arthur Brown

    Brian brings out what Advent, Christmas and the way we are to live and be the best version of ourselves. God is always present, all knowing and all seeing of the things we do. We need to make every moment of our lives count and remove the distractions that cause us to go astray. What a beautiful way to remember Advent and the birth of Christ and the gift of salvation is for us to do this everyday. Work on myself to be the best version of myself and then continue to ask God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to mold me in the person He wants me to be and show me where I fail or get distracted so that I won’t repeat those things that are not important and are not what God wants for you and me. God Bless each and everyone as you continue your daily spiritual journey to reach out to God, Christ and the Holy Spirit to guide you and me. God Bless you all.
    Art

  • Christine Gloria Catherine Whe

    I have really enjoyed these Advent reflections. Thank you. Since I live alone, I spend a lot of time in silence! ☺️. Some days it is wonderful, some days my thoughts are bombarded with all kinds of frustrations. I will work on the rest. Looking forward to the Lenten reflections for 2017. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year one and all. Blessings. 😇🙏🏽

  • Angie O’Mara

    Be present, be silent, and celebrate the life of Jesus and the life He gives to us!!!

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May God shower you with His Grace!
    Mary Mother of God, pray for us
    Good St. Joseph, pray for us

  • Anthony Siwczak

    There is always the sadness when this time of the season comes. You miss your spouse who passed away suddenly six Christmas’s ago. The struggles as your first born is trying to make it through another episode of addiction. And somehow through it all comes a peace that this is what God wants you to experience and it makes you stronger . Then I have to get back to realizing that I have so much to be grateful for and that it is my gratitude attitude that needs to show instead of the poor me . I am redeemed by a GOD who took on human nature and suffered for me and us even though I know I do not deserve it. Best advent ever has reminded me that , I am last and the family and friends need to be first, and quiet time in the Church of Silence brings me back to focus on this most Holy Day; the birth of our Savior, Jesus! Amen

    • Kathy

      Anthony, I’m a day late, but wanted to thank you for your thought provoking post. You reminded me that in our struggles of life, God is with us. We need to seek him out and let him be with us. Merry Christmas!

  • mjtav240

    Best Advent Ever!!!!! Thank you, Dynamic Catholic and the many who have shared their own stories and reflections. We are truly blessed to recognize our Savior and the wondrous love He has for each one of us.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • klohry

    “Let’s be present to our loved ones” says Brian. I think it’s more like, ‘Let’s give presents to our loved ones.’ The kid inside all of us wants presents! We’re all present for the presents.

  • Yvonne Fuller

    I’ve remained committed to Best Lent Ever this year. Sometimes a couple days behind. But I’ve found several nuggets to use in the coming year. My favorites: Dreaming with Jesus, Saying No to a deeper Yes, and Brians final message…Be present to our Loved ones, spend some time in Silence with our Lord, and really celebrate the birth of God, who loves us. I’m bringing my 12 yr old grandson to his first Christmas Mass. Come, Lord Jesus. Merry Christmas to each of you and all at Dynamic Catholic. May all of your days be filled with joy, love and peace.

    • edhfan

      Your “nuggets” were my favorite ones too, especially saying no to a deeper yes. Merry Christmas!

      • Yvonne Fuller

        Merry Christmas, Ed.

  • Kathy

    As I spend some quiet time this morning I’m thinking about what I want Christmas to be this year. I will spend the time with my son, daughter in law and my two grandchildren and it’s always joyous. I’m saddened for the people in war torn countries, the people that have been killed or injured by ISIS and all the displayst people around our world. I want a joy filled Christmas but I also do not want to forget the millions of people that never feel joy no matter the season. As everyone opens gifts and have a wonderful Christmas meal let’s all pray that all the people in poverty or in war torn countries can somehow have a glimmer of light and may our country take steps to help all people. I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and hope that all of us can take a few minutes to pray for peace.

  • Maureen Ellen

    This by far has been one of the best Advents ever I have had since a child. Thank you to all of you who put this together so we could grow and feel God’s presence even more. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through this season with my dad passing away, my son gone to Marine boot camp and the distractions of life in general. Super glad I stumbled upon this series right before it started! I’ve told a few friends doing this too that I may go through withdrawal when this ends! Lol. What a fabulous way to spend Advent! God bless you all! Merry Christmas and I sure look forward to the more to come! Peace.