I'm Listening To Christmas Music

Before you think I have lost my mind, I am searching for any new music we might use in church this season.  Believe me, after hearing 27 versions of Silent Night, I've had it.

But the signs of Christmas are emerging.  Pumpkin spice everything.  Christmas trees at Wal-Mart.  The hyper Christmas people are starting to talk.  Christmas is going to happen!

I'm thinking about a December sermon series entitled:  Operation Scrooge.  I'm not committed to the title yet, but it's about going from Bah Humbug to Merry Christmas, or something like that.  (Let me know what you think about it?)

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

What would it take to make this holiday season the best ever?  You know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.  Is that why the holidays drive you crazy? 

Here are a few things you need to do NOW if you're going to make this the best year ever. 

Start something new.  That's what Jesus did.  He came as a baby to share His life anew.  

Give.  Christmas is about giving.  God gave His Son.  Mary gave her reputation.  Shepherds gave their worship.  The wise men gave gifts. 

Worship.  Speaking of worship, remember that you're worshipping the King of kings.  He isn't in a manger or on a cross.  He is in heaven interceding for you. 

Laugh.  Contrary to popular belief.  The holidays are not the most depressing part of the year.  Set aside time with friends and family.  

Family.  Speaking of family, spend time with them.  It might be your extended family.  You may need to adopt someone who can't be with their family this year.  

Before you start the hubbub that leads you to the humbugs, determine what Christmas means to you. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I need your wisdom and guidance to make this holiday season a time that honors You and helps others discover the real meaning of Christmas.  AMEN