Holidays Are Comin!

For this morning's devotion, I want you to take a few moments and determine what this Christmas season is going to be about for you and your family.

For some people, it is about the holidays.  The Christmas lights, shopping, and gift giving.  There is nothing wrong with those things in and of themselves.

For some people, it is all about the spiritual meaning of Christmas.  Christ the child, born of a virgin to be the Savior of the World.

For some people, it is all about loving your fellow man.  Caring for those who cannot care for themselves and helping others in their time of need.

For some people is it all about tradition.  Such as going to see the Nutcracker or having dinner with family on Christmas Eve.

Now I am a big fan of remembering the "Reason for the Season."  Worshipping Jesus and thanking Him for coming to live among us.

I also love the song "Wonderful Dream" by Crystal Angels.  (You probably know it as the Christmas Coca Cola song.)  I also know that is one of the dorkest things I have ever said.  But there it is!

I love Christmas trees, parades, and lights.  I'm not a big fan of shopping unless it is online of course. As of Thanksgiving Day, I - Will - Not - Go - Near - The - Mall!

I am a huge fan of helping your fellow man.  Find a need and fill it.

I love the Nutcracker, especially if my daughter is dancing in it.  (Tickets are on sale now.  Just Click here. Yes, that was a shameless plug.)

But what is your next step?

Let's take our direction from Luke 2:14 where the angels declare to the Shepherds,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

The angels had joy!  The Shepherds had joy!  Mary and Joseph had joy!  The Magi (Wise Men) had joy!  Simeon and Anna had joy!  The joy that honored Jesus!  That is the gift that was given and regifted without shame over and over again.  Joy!

The purpose in your heart now that you and your family are going to rejoice and give joy away to others.

Here are a few rules that you may need to know.
- Jesus never expected you to go into debt to give joy away.  You can put those credit cards away.
- Joy isn't some "superspiritual" thing here.  Enjoy the season with friends and family!  Smile a lot!
- What would Jesus do?  He would celebrate His birthday, with cake!  The first birthday cake was created initially to celebrate Jesus' birth.  Then over time it was extended to family and friends.  (Like my wife's birthday which is this Sunday!)

Sunday is the official start to our holidays at FFWC.  Renee Rowan Basel will be here in concert at 10:30 am.  Then we will enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together.  The Honey Baked Ham Company gave us a great deal on our turkey this year.  If you are in the area, you and your family are welcome to enjoy dinner with us!

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