It’s a Boy (and Other Thoughts from Today)

Today has been an unusual Christmas Day for sure (I bet you’re agreeing if you can see the blue “pearl” necklaces hanging from my neck and ears). In December 2013, unusual became normal for every Christmas Day. I typically spend 4+ hours round trip to pick up my kids, they spend time with both sides of this part of the blended family, and we all crash sometime in the evening. Such was the case again today.

They were greeted with a house decorated in blue. We agreed that we would reveal what the new addition will be today although we have known since Thursday. This is #5 for me, #4 for my wife, and 7 between the two of us. We already had 3 boys and 3 girls, so this was going to be the tie breaker. Most wanted a “dude”, so they got their wish. People asked me if I had a preference. No preference here. I will be satisfied with what God gives us.

Each of you celebrated differently. Some of you had the traditional Christmas Day while others like me had a day on the road and going between places. As crazy as it is, I’m thankful for it. I was blessed to have my dad here this year. He comes a few times per year from Virginia, but he mapped out a few days to be here. He will head back tomorrow, and others will arrive tomorrow. The kids have discovered that blended family means a lot more gifts, so they don’t complain.

I’m most thankful that I know the true meaning of Christmas. I’m grateful that I was not taught that Christmas is about presents or an overweight guy in a red suit. My parents made sure that I was in an environment where I learned who Jesus Christ really is. Because of that, I know that I am born again and am fulfilling God’s call on my life. This day is foundational to who I am in Jesus. As I wrote about last year, the original Christmas Day changed my life. I am not the same, and I have no desire to be who I used to be.

From my family to yours, I hope each of you had a wonderful day of celebrating the Savior’s birth.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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