Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peace on earth?

Christmas is a beautiful time of year, isn't it? Why is it, then, that many people face a tremendous amount of stress that keeps them from truly enjoying this season?

Christmas should be a time of learning to rest in the Lord. It should be a season of embracing all that Jesus came to give us: our salvation, abundant life and eternal life, and the promise of eternity with Jesus. But when we spend the Christmas season worried about shopping, parties, an over-emphasis on food, and the whole man-made ambience of Christmas, we begin to gravitate toward stress and anxiety.

Let me just encourage you to stay focused on Jesus this Christmas season. One of the most obvious ways to do this is to be in church every week worshiping Jesus. Plan to be in church on Christmas Eve as part of your family's Christmas celebration. That should be a no-brainer! Christmas is about Jesus, not just about family!

But don't wait until Christmas Eve to go to church. Be regular in attendance. Quiet your spirit in God's presence.

And take advantage of a Christmas Bible Reading plan offered by several Bible publishers to stay focused on Jesus through your Bible reading.

Let's all keep our eyes on the Jesus during this Christmas season!