There is much for me to love about the holiday season. I’m fortunate to have family I love, no one has died recently or around the holidays, and each year I gain new understanding about Christ’s birth and how it impacts my life today.
There is also much reason to really struggle with this season. It’s the season of abundance and there never seems to be enough money for big expensive presents. There is not enough money to spend on special food…not enough time to cook it all. It’s a season of excess and it all seems like gluttony to me.
noun habitual greed or excess in eating.
I can’t keep up. I can’t compete. I cannot represent my full love with a budget that barely dents towards a requested luxury item. It’s not enough.
But God says His grace IS enough. Will I go into Christmas Day filling inadequate and unnecessary? No. I am a child of God and I will love as best I can, and greet others with a warm welcome and genuine fellowship. I will do what I can.
John Wesley says it best: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Just do your best. Don’t stress. Don’t overdo.
And be grateful for those who share their fellowship with you as well. This year I was blessed at a wonderful staff luncheon. The food and fellowship was plentiful. We were all gifted with a book that will guide us into the new year and maybe our entire direction in life. It’s Divine Directions, by Craig Groschel.
Master the decisions that will make your life everything God wants it to be. Every day we make choices. And those choices accumulate and eventually become our life story.
Even Teddy Roosevelt said it well “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
It’s a busy time of year. I’m working full time, commuting in Atlanta so lots of time in the car. I am recovering from dental surgery (expenses, and healing). And yet I will share with thought, word and deed my love, admiration and appreciation to my family and loved ones as best I can. I will do what I can to make a welcome home with tasty food and good fellowship for anyone who wants to share. I will enjoy quiet down time with peacefulness and not feel guilty as I reflect and appreciate God’s abundant grace this past year.
And I will take hold of God’s reminder that “…..“My grace is sufficient for you, for power[a] is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus.