President’s Message

Matt Kleinschmit

December 2017
President’s Message

by Matt Kleinschmit, HBAL President

To Prepare…

I am just sitting down after a great morning at SANTA COP! Did you know this is the 29th year the Home Builders have participated in this great event to spread the Christmas Spirit?!

For me, Santa Cop has become the start of the most special time of the year, CHRISTMAS! Although, with great anticipation of the Christmas Season, I fear I will find myself repeating the words, “Christmas just isn’t the same as I remember” or “I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone so quickly.”

As I reflect on these Christmas quotes I find myself asking, “How can I prepare differently this year to get more out of Christmas?” Funny enough, I just re-read my November’s message “the amount you put into something is measured by the amount you receive.” This rings so true to what I have been experiencing. How can I expect the same results of my greatest Christmas memories when I contribute less? For instance, with so much going on, Tracy and I stopped making an Advent calendar for our family. Each day leading up to Christmas, a request was written on the calendar. Usually the request was asking for each of us to do a small kind deed for someone either at home, work or school.

As I continue connecting the dots, I remember sharing back in February how my friend related life’s responsibilities to the idea of juggling a bunch of balls. He stressed, “some balls are made of rubber and are left to bounce, and others are glass and may break!” This leads me to ask myself, “Is the celebration of Christ coming into this world to be considered a glass ball? Does the amount of effort I put into Christmas indicate this?”

“For to us a child is born.
To us a son is given
and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)

As I write this message and before Christmas jumps into full gear, I challenge myself to really stop and think about what my Christmas goals are. Hopefully by determining what is the most important, I can sort out the least. (Maybe this way the little things, like the Advent Calendar, do not get set to the side. J ) I pray this Christmas Season that we all come to understand the true meaning of Christmas and to live the peaceful life that God has intended for us.

May God Bless the HBAL membership and their families,