Giving the best of ourselves


I don’t know about you, but it is not yet mid December and I am exhausted.

Christmas work parties and holiday plays pepper my calendar.

Christmas cards sit on my nightstand reminding me of my to-do list.

Shopping and baking. Decorating and wrapping.

A whole lot of DO-ing.

No rest for the busy as we add all of these “ing’s” to our already busy schedules.

Each year I strive to slow down and celebrate the advent, the waiting for the Christ child. To ponder the hope Jesus brought to this hope-less world. To remember the One who filled the manger and in so doing filled this world with so much more.

But my do-ing gets in the way and just as I lose those scissors in that pile of wrapping paper each year, before I know it the Lord has been lost in the busy-ness of the Season.

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This is a season marked with good intentions. A season overflowing with good deeds and meeting needs.

Filling the shelves of the local food bank. Pajama’s to needy kids and warm coats to the homeless. Meals to Shut-In’s and gifts to the lonely.

And we are the hands and feet of Christ so it is only natural that at this time of celebrating our Savior’s birth, we would strive to DO more.

But what if, today, we made the time to stop?

To stop and listen.

To pray.

To examine our relationship with our Lord and Savior.

To have a conversation with Him.

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice,
He heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1

How much more meaningful would our to-do lists be if we gave the best of ourselves to the one we are celebrating?

During the next few weeks, I challenge you to start your day focused on Christ and what His birth means to you and your family.

Some Scripture to read, examine and ponder this week……

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Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

John 3: 16-18 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son in to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned….”

Psalm 27: 8-9 “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger, you have been my helper.”

Hebrews 1: 10-12 “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

Hebrews 2: 14-18 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death- that is, the devil- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Isaiah 64: 4 “Since ancient times, no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”