Here we go. December. Christmas. Not gonna lecture you on what this season is about. I know that you know that I know that you know that Jesus is the reason, no matter what the commercials say and how many snow men and santa claus' and presents and trees we gather and display, Jesus is the reason for the season.
I got my angel tree ornament, did you? I sent my son in with some cans for the food drive did you? Is that what Jesus died for, so that I could compete with or guilt someone into donating as much as me or feel guilty because they donated more than me? No, its not about that any more than it is about how many or how expensive the presents are that we buy for the people in our lives.
You don't need me to tell you what the season is about. So I won't.
Instead I will encourage you as I encourage myself to pray and speak and love, to worship and believe and give from our hearts. Only God knows what we can do this month, this year, this day that brings Him glory, that shines His light, that heals a heart or blesses a person, that changes a life in helping someone find Jesus by the way we live.
Whenever we are getting stuck in the trap of how much you have or don't have,
how much we want vs. how much we need,
how many more Christmases or how few,
be reminded that we have Jesus, so we have EVERYTHING and it is selfish not to share Him!
Ask Him what that looks like in your life and then listen and DO whatever it is He shows you to do.
Let's be a positive example of what it means to be a Christian, a Believer, a Follower of Christ!
Thank you for serving Him. Believe He is who He says He is, trust Him and expect miracles this Christmas!
Love and Praise in Christ,
Phillipians 1:27-30 Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people's trust in the Message, the good news, not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition. Your courage and unity will show them what they're up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. There's far more to this life than trusting in Christ. There's also suffering for him. And the suffering is as much a gift as the trusting. You're involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter.
Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant