How to Embrace the Season – part 2

Christmas day is tomorrow. “Merry Christmas!”

My prayer for you is that this you will truly embrace the meaning of Christmas – to celebrate the day that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, came into the world to save us. As you gather with family and friends…remember Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas.

Also remember those who are struggling this time of year to find joy. The truth is, for many people, the holiday season is often one of conflict, grief and stress. Instead of having an “attitude of gratitude” a lot of people are angry and short tempered. Fake smiles reflect “peace on earth” as weak and thin as a sheet of tissue wrapping paper from the dollar store.

What can we do get past the facade and realize the wonder of the grace, joy and love that God gave to us?

  1. Remember Jesus.
  1. Forget trying to make things perfect.

There is no such thing as a “perfect” holiday celebration, dinner or party ~ remove that stress from your life. If you’re trying to please people, you will only be frustrated and unhappy. But when everything you do is for God’s glory, you’ll find joy in a mess... laughter in a true friend... and peace at the day’s end.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV):  “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 

Here’s the point:   “Try to find joy in the small and simple things.”

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