Christmas is almost here and with each passing day, we scramble to make sure we have not forgotten a detail so our Christmas will be perfect. But perhaps the biggest detail has been forgotten: just "being" with family. Really being there. Sure, we all treasure the goodies that Christmas brings, but nothing beats giving and receiving the attention and love our souls crave.
So, how do we steward the time we have with one another? So often the holiday schedule is hopping and though we intend to rest and "be" with one another, we don't always know how to stop and if we did, what would we do then?
Steward the moments: Ditch the Distractions
Habits with electronics are hard to curb. Akin to idolatry, we often serve them with our time and talents while loved ones watch one another be mesmerized by our choice of poison. Set aside phones, ipads and gadgets and look at what is in front of you. Think of creative ways to build into the precious people around you.
Steward the people: Invest in Relationships
While our budget can take a hit this time of year, there is a spend that reaps rewards that don't fade. Spending time investing in relationships will garner the greatest reward and won't be forgotten as quickly as the material items will.
Steward the Holiday: Focus on The Purpose
Don't let Christmas pass you by this year without pausing with loved ones and worshiping the One Who gave you life, breath and everything you have. When we worship our Creator, we are doing what we were made to do and the greatest peace fills our hearts, minds and souls.
Steward the Gift: Sharing the Message of Christmas
As we reflect on the gift of our Savior, born in flesh to redeem mankind, may we never forget this costly gift was meant to be shared. Who can we share the love and message of Christ with? How can we demonstrate kindness and grace to those around us, that they might come to know our Savior?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I pray the LORD gives you His perfect peace as you celebrate His salvation with loved ones.
2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"