DJ Sideman: birth of Jesus shows us it’s not what just you’re doing now that counts - but what you will do


The fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus – even though he was a powerless baby - shows that sometimes it’s the future that counts not just our present reality, according to David Whitely aka Sideman.
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In a reflection for the Church of England’s Comfort and Joy Campaign, the presenter and comedian, said the fact that Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room at the inn yet his birth was heralded by angels and even a star, shows we can celebrate where we’re going, not just where we are.

“We should never despise or be defined by our humble beginnings,” he said.

“Jesus's birth was not celebrated because of what he was doing at the time of birth but what he would do. At that point, he was at the mercy of his parents' upbringing, a child with no sway in the direction that the world went, but his destiny, his future was worth celebrating right then and there.

“You may not have gotten to where you want to be yet, achieved what you hoped to achieve. You may not have made any major strides towards your goals, but you can commemorate the beginning of the journey. You can celebrate the start of your ventures with the hope of your brighter tomorrow.”

He added: “Too often, we're crippled by our current circumstances or others' current perception of us.

“Well, our current condition only serves to make our future victories that much more sweet and that much more inspiring.

“You're in your genesis now, but the revelation of who you really are is still coming.

“The book of your life is still writing itself - don't get stuck on your current chapter when your crescendo is awaiting you.

“Let that hope and that future expectation put a present smile on your face and a present peace in your heart.”

Watch the full video here.

Find out more about Comfort and Joy from the Church of England.