Have you ever seen one of the new robot babies that are common placed in high schools all over America? Robot babies are life size baby dolls that are used to teach high school students the responsibility that comes with having a child. Each Baby Robot has a timer set to cry- loudly- whenever it’s time to feed the child it’s electronic bottle. To make sure they don’t drop the baby off with their mom, each student has an electronic bracelet on their wrist that let’s the teacher know if the student and baby are separated. So as the student goes about their active, busy lives, they must stop everything and tend to their child. What do the students learn? They learn that you can’t focus on a baby in your life without sacrificing your focus on something else.
This Christmas, as every Christmas, the Christ Child is coming. Yet no matter how hard you try, to refocus your mind and spirit on Christ, other things continue to demand your attention. What you need is something to make you focus on Christ in the midst of your crazy Christmas season. What if you got a Baby Robot to carry around with you this Christmas season to remind you of Baby Jesus? Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you’d never know when your Baby Jesus robot might give a wail. But instead of the baby crying for you to care for him, this Baby Robot would cry for you to take care of someone else.
It might work like this. You’re in the mall and your Baby Jesus Robot wails. Looking around, you see a mom with a double wide stroller filled with packages and a bunch of little ones she is trying to herd onto the escalator. You post pone buying a gift for your boss, and instead help the mother with her dilemma, wish her a Merry Christmas and TA_DA! Your Baby Jesus Robot smiles. Or maybe when your Baby Jesus Robot wails at a family gathering, you see your typically chatty sister-in-law sitting alone, withdrawn from everyone else. So instead of making sure there’s enough chairs at the dinning table, you sit by her and begin to ask her about her life and TA-DA! Your Baby Jesus Robot smiles again.
It’s frightening to think that focusing on the Christ Child means at anytime, and at any place, Christ can interrupt your day to think of Him and touch another life. Like the High Schooler’s Baby Robots, focusing on Christ requires you to sacrifice other demands to draw closer to Him. Maybe that’s why attempts at keeping Christ in your thoughts are often half-hearted. It’s frightening to give up control of your time, even to Jesus.
Spending your Christmas season shifting your attention away from your to-do list and on to Christ could put a little fear in anyone. After all, there’s no telling what Jesus might ask you to do! But remember Luke 2:10. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Don’t be afraid. Just take the Christ child with you, where ever you go. He’s got some surprises in store for you; just look and see.