Monday, December 19, 2011

This year...

Christmas is days away.  And the craziness is being kicked up a notch as I type.  The crying, moaning, and complaining about how we wish things would slow down this year, is also in full swing right about now.  We hope to be able to enjoy Christmas this year. We just want to focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year, and let the other stuff take its rightful place- in the back seat.   We want our kids to understand that Christmas is not about the gifts, parties, and Santa.  This year, maybe they'll get it.  But how can we really accomplish this?  We give the same lip service each year.  And as each year passes, our children get older, and our opportunity to really instill why we celebrate -is passing us by.

Well, I have good news for you! This year is the year!  Christmas is on Sunday in 2011.  What better way to live what we've been longing for, than to be at church on Christmas morning worshipping the One we say we're celebrating.  Sure- we could be at church on the 22nd, 23rd, or 24th and check church off our list.
But then, what are we really teaching our children? What are we showing our lost neighbors about why we, Christians are really celebrating?  You know the old saying, "Actions speak louder than words".

What's that, you say? "But if we have to go to church on Sunday morning, Christmas morning, how can we fit in Christmas breakfast? We won't have time to open all of our gifts. How will I get Christmas dinner in the oven?"
Wait, why is it that we celebrate Christmas?  The food? The gifts?  The family time?  No, No, and No.  Not that any of these things are bad-in fact they're all good and special things.  But, we celebrate because Jesus left heaven and came to earth as a baby for us-to save a lost world.

This year, in a small way, we can live it, and make Jesus our priority.
I challenge you to inconvenience yourself.
*Plan breakfast ahead-make an overnight casserole.
*Get up earlier and open a few gifts and let the kids enjoy their stockings.  Save the rest for after church.  We complain anyway that we shop for weeks and the gifts are all opened in minutes and it's over.
*Work a little smarter on Christmas Eve and have the table set and all the side dishes made to lessen the burden on Christmas Day.

You CAN make it happen, if He's your priority.

Joshua 24:15 .... As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Christmas Blessings to you,


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