Christmas is a time for reflection on the things of the past; but it’s also a time for looking toward a future with hope for new beginnings. When Christ was born, his life meant we could have a future and a hope. Jesus gave us an example of how to live a righteous life. He was teacher and counselor, mentor and trainer, priest and redeemer. When he spoke he spoke only truth, because he was truth. When he spoke his intentions were clearly stated, and when it came to his life purpose, he never wavered. He walked a path where others could follow and he openly invited all to, "Follow me." He didn’t lament when others walked away. His focus was on the ones who followed and whom he lovingly called his disciples.