The holiday season is upon us and we can be easily overrun by the hustle and bustle of this season. There are gatherings to organize and still others we are called to attend. It is easy to be so caught up in the stream of busy, we forget to notice God at work. Even at an event in which we are called to serve others, we can forget to connect to the people we come to serve. All of this activity can leave us exhausted and at times filled with holiday sadness.
God is interested in your character each and every day, while being less concerned about the things you want this Christmas. Thanksgiving should set us up with the character of thankfulness. We are called to be content and grateful for what God has given us and less concerned about what we do not have in life. The main cause of discontent is comparison. So if we do not have the perfect Norman Rockwell family gathering, stop comparing. Be grateful for what we do have and thank God. Paul says in Philippians 4:12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (NIV).
So what do we really need for Christmas? I am not trying to be a scrooge :( but really seems like food and shelter for the world would be a great place to start. :) The Bible says, “There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:6-7 NRSV).
I know I have been a little hard on us all in a season meant for joy, but sometimes before the buying begins, we need to take inventory of what is really important and remember how the things we buy bring little value to character building. I do not have any of this worked out into a perfect plan, but I know God gives us a short time here to make an impact.
Have a blessed holiday season and remember every day is an opportunity to live into the character of God. I can guarantee God is at work, even in the busy stream of holidays. Will you see God’s work this holiday season?
Blessings! Pastor Tim
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