Well It's almost December 1st, we all know what that means, the mad dash to get all the Christmas shopping done.
I have my Christmas list all prepared and most of my shopping done. But I still feel this pressure to get shopping done and get the best deals and put together these amazing gifts and find exactly what each person wants. Its enough to make you crazy! Am I right?..
The world wants us to focus on things like gifts, money and getting each other the best gift ever. Trust me I worked retail I know exactly what people can be like and this enormous pressure we all feel.
Don't let the world define your Christmas and rob you of your joy.
Amongst all the busyness and craziness of Christmas there is something that is far more important. It should be remembered every morning, every day and every evening.
He says all things.
Not just some of the time, but do it all for Him.
We are living in a world that is robing us of our joy. A world that is defining for us (and not very well I might add) what matters in life. What we should care about, what our passions should be, what our dreams should be, where our joy should come from.
How is it going so far? Theres divorce, theres hate, theres anger in this world that you can see just going into a mall at Christmas time. The anger people face at this time of year. The pressure they put on themselves making sure they find that Elsa doll, or that Elmo or that TV or playstation or.. or.. or..
What can we expect really, we've taken God out of everything. Our schools, our work, our homes. We as society HAVE to accept everything around us. Not have an opinion that might offend someone. Don't take a stand for what is right, instead go with what the world tells us is right.
The world has NO IDEA what is right. Right and wrong, good and bad comes from the bible. Without it we are lost. Searching the world for answers we will never find. The world is full of people searching, wether they admit it or not. They are looking for something, longing for something more. Something the world cannot offer them. Something that only comes from God. They are looking for peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.
Do you know where peace comes from? I'm talking that restful peace within your soul. The one that can't be explained until you feel it. The peace of knowing that no matter what, no matter what hardships you can have peace knowing God is in control. Knowing He has a plan for us, a plan to help us grow and bring glory to Him. We may not always understand His plan. But He has one for you. The peace of knowing where you are going, that you have been forgiven by Christ if you ask Him into your heart. The peace of knowing when you breath your last breath if you accept Jesus you will be with Him in Paradise.
Take the opportunity this Christmas to show Christ love. Take the opportunity to show people what they so desperately need. Show them through your actions, show them through your words, show them through your love.
Show them the Greatest Gift
The one that does not come from the store, the one that does not come with a price tag. It's accepting your life is nothing without the giver of life. That we are all lost until we find Him. That we are all searching until we accept Him.
We are so quick to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. The world wants us to take CHIRST out of everything. Not just CHRISTmas. But everything.
I won't let the world tell me how to live, I'm living my life for Him.
I won't let the world define my joy, for I have joy in Him.
He is my joy, He is my peace, He is my example of how to live my life. Who shall I fear when God is on my side.
More than conquerors...
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? it is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more then that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As is it written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers. 39 neither weight not depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have everlasting life in Him
Love this: http://youtu.be/DXDGE_lRI0E
24 The Lord bless you and keep you:
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."