Christmas is only a few days away! As we are making final preparations for our Christmas celebrations, I feel it is important to ask one very important question: When will you stop?
When will you bring to a halt your Christmas preparations so that you can actually enter into the experience of celebrating God’s best gifts to us - our Savior and time with loved ones?
Let me be more specific: What is the exact date and time that you will stop shopping for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, cooking and baking food for gatherings and writing and sending Christmas cards? When is the time that you will choose to live with things as they are, even if you have not done everything as much as you wanted or as well as you wanted?
I guess what I am saying is, “Don’t miss it!” Don’t let Christmas sail by without stopping to worship, remember, savor and be a full participant in this meaningful season of celebration.
In Luke 10:38-42, we are reminded of the two sisters, Mary and Martha, both of whom had the opportunity to fellowship with Jesus in their own home. Martha is described as “worried and upset about many things” as she was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” Mary is described as having “chosen what is better” as she “sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he had said.” Notice that, as Jesus speaks to Martha, the issue at hand is not that she was making preparations, but rather that she was allowing her activity to distract her from something more valuable and important – fellowship with Jesus and others.
Over the next few days, as we cook meals and host gatherings, may we focus on choosing “what is better.” Our willingness to do a “holiday halt” may be the key to a merry and meaningful Christmas celebration as well as preserving our own health and sanity. It may also serve as a great example to others of the importance of making choices for the sake of higher and more meaningful priorities.
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.”
May you have a very merry and meaningful Christmas!
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Hello! My name is Ginger Hill and I am a Christ follower and a wellness professional. Over the years, I have personally and professionally seen the benefits of healthy living and I have also seen the hardships of struggling to practice good health habits in the midst of a busy and sometimes stressful life. I am passionate about helping myself and others to live a healthy lifestyle and I believe that good health is essential in helping us to do the good works that God has called us to do. Because I am a work in progress, I write these blog posts to encourage myself and I share them with others in the hope that they may be encouraged as well.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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