Merry Christmas everyone! Here are some tips on having an abundantly blessed holiday season.
1. Not everyone is schooled in walking in God’s gracious and forgiving love, so be extra good to yourself first, then others. Why yourself first? You’ve got to fill your own bucket before you can pour into someone else.
2. Sing the carols extra loud…it may be the only time of year unbelievers hear about God.
3. Give cheerfully but don’t keep track.
4. Monkey around with the kids. Life is way more serious for them these days.
5. Remember this verse. “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” 1 Corinthians 14:20. Do kids have malice? One minute they punch each other in the nose, the next minute they’re best friends again. God is saying be children in malice. Or don’t have any towards each other but be men in understanding.
6. Remember this verse. “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7. Wow! God isn’t done pouring out the riches of His grace and kindness towards us. Kindness is that Greek word chrēstotēs this isn’t just being kind, this is tenderly reaching out to bless a heart whether they deserve it or not. Chrēstotēs isn’t man’s idea of kindness it’s God’s, and like God’s love it goes above and beyond man’s understanding. We literally can look forward to a life of Christmas mornings. Do you believe that? It’s God’s word. God rewards those who believe.
7. Christmas is not a deadline for relationships. This is the first day of the rest of eternity together. Don’t be pushy. Relationships heal in time, and they grow in time.
8. People aren’t disposable. Traditions can be. Heresy you may cry, but it’s true. God doesn’t treat us according to tradition. He always walks in love, despite them.
9. One decision can change a destiny. Look for opportunities to light the way.
10. Christmas is just a day, you’re God’s child for a lifetime.
God Bless You Today and I’ll be back next week after Christmas.