Thursday, December 16, 2010
Not Your Ideal Christmas?
It's no secret that the Christmas and New Year's holidays can be especially hard on singles. Step One in facing our struggles is admitting them, or bringing them out into the light. Today we read another great article published by Crosswalk.com. Please click HERE to read single Susan Ellinburg's perspective on dealing with the holidays over the years, and how she has learned to make the best of them.
I'm particularly touched by this quote by E.M. Forster: "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." That reminds me of so many scriptures:
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 139:16 All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
Philippians 4:12b I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
The truth is that few of us have or get all that we want on our Christmas list. While others may have that husband or wife, there may be strife, layoffs or health issues hindering their joy. But our joy comes from the Lord! In fact, I believe we are commanded in Psalm 32:11 to: Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
So this Christmas season, we encourage you to focus on the gifts and blessings that you do have in your life at this time, beginning with our precious savior, Jesus Christ. Having a thankful heart and focusing on the promises of God are key ingredients to a happy heart over the holidays. And reach out to encourage someone else - see what joy you just might reap in the process.