December 14, 2006
Encouragement for Today
“Tis the Season to Be …”
Melissa Taylor, Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker, Board of Directors
Luke 2:10b-11, “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born tonight in
How do you feel about the fact that Christmas is quickly approaching? If asked, would you say:
I bet you can relate to at least one of those statements. I hope it’s either E or F. If you are like me though, you start off with great intentions of keeping peacefully focused on Christ, but before you know it, you too get caught up in the busyness and craziness of Christmas.
Even if you haven’t bought a single gift or decked a single hall with holly, you can still find peace this month. The celebration of Jesus’ birthday should not bring stress and despair. That is not what it’s about at all.
Jesus was not born so that we would spin out of control, outdoing each other in December. It’s not about the gifts. It’s not about the lights. It’s not about Christmas cards and letters. It’s not even about all the food. Jesus’ birth represents “glory to God”, “peace on earth”, and “good news of great joy for everyone”, just like the Bible says (Luke 2 NLT). How do we get so caught up in all the other stuff while putting Jesus on the backburner? Is it because we know He’ll still be there later? Is it because we know He’ll forgive us?
If you find yourself behind this month with a lot to do, stop right now. Try to implement these simple steps for a more peaceful and stress free holiday:
The reason for this season is Jesus…..that’s all. Make a choice this year to intentionally keep Him the center of your holiday.
My Prayer for Today:
Dear Lord, There is so much to do this month, but I know You want me to stay centered on Jesus. Help me to keep my eyes on You and celebrate Your birthday, Your life, and my life in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Celebrating a Christ-centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes
Can Martha Have a Mary Christmas? by Brenda Poinsett
Look over the steps in this devotion and apply some or all of them to your life this Christmas. Choose peace this year and let others know that you are choosing to focus on the real reason for the season. Ask them to join you!
What do your actions and words say about the way you celebrate Christmas?
Does Christmas mean peace or stress to you?
Have you chosen Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” (NLT)