New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on November 25, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
Every year we seem to repeat the same pattern: First there is Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the Christmas rush is on. With just a little over 4 weeks till Christmas Day, there is much to do. Between shopping for presents, planning for parties, church and school activities, the task ahead of you may seem overwhelming, if not impossible.
There are simply too many things to do and not enough time to get it all done. The stress caused by all these events can easily overshadow the anticipated joy that we hope to achieve. But what if you don’t get it all done? What if little Billy and Susie don’t get everything that they ask for? What if that costume didn’t come out perfect? What if all those beautiful decorations didn’t get put up? Would life change on our planet? Would Christmas really be ruined? I certainly hope not. The simple truth is, far too often we put unrealistic expectations upon ourselves and if we are not careful we will allow these expectations to suck all the joy right out of Christmas. We can become frustrated and irritated and completely lose sight of what we are suppose to be celebrating.
Christmas is NOT about things. It is not about parties or decorations. It is not even about church and church activities. No, it’s about God’s love for us, it’s about Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior. It is about John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Yes, it is supposed to be a time that we can celebrate God’s greatest Gift: the Gift of His Son. It is a time when we are reminded of the Gospel, that is the good news that “ ...God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV) It is the time when we should be reminded that if we believe on Him, we too can become the children of God. “... as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12 KJV)
No, Christmas should not be a time of stress, it should be a time to celebrate. It should be a time for us to celebrate God’s love for us and share His love with others.
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