As the end of the year rolls around, it is always a good time to begin thinking about goals for the upcoming new year. People usually think about weight loss goals, organization goals and goals to save money and pay off credit card debt from the holidays. All of those are good goals.
But what about spiritual goals and God-centered goals? I’m not just talking about reading the Bible everyday and checking it off of our list. I’m talking about true goals to show God’s love to others.
I’m talking about LOVING more.
I’m talking about GIVING more.
I’m talking about PRAYING more.
I’m talking about TRUSTING more.
You know the song Do You See What I See?
It has verses – 1) do you see what I see? A Star
2) and do you hear what I hear? A Song
3) and do you know what I know? A Child
I was wondering what it would be like if we added a verse? Do you feel what I feel?
Think about how the people in the Christmas story must have felt that cold night that Jesus was born……..Joseph – worried about his wife who was ready to deliver a baby and he wasn’t able to find anywhere for them to stay. He was trying to be a great husband and have faith in God that Mary was carrying God’s child. He probably felt overwhelmed. If he was telling us this story, he may say – do you feel what I felt?
Mary was scared and tired and probably having contractions. She was humbled in knowing she was carrying God’s child. She was probably worried that she wouldn’t be a good mom. She was probably worried about the unsanitary conditions in which her baby was born. If she was telling us this story – she may say – do you feel what I felt?
Jesus was just a baby but he was probably scared as all babies are coming into the light from the darkness. He was probably a little uncomfortable lying in a manger that had prickly straw sticking through the cloth and not having fresh, clean Pampers to wear. If He was telling us this story – He may say – do you feel what I felt?
The Shepherds were terrified (Luke 2:9) and were also probably in awe as the angels spoke and sang to them telling them about this good news of a new baby who was Christ the Lord. The shepherds then got excited and got together and said “let’s go to Bethlehem!” If they were telling us this story – they may say – do you feel what I felt?
Today is the birth of Jesus Christ!!! The real reason we celebrate the season! As you celebrate the birth of Jesus with family and friends in a warm home with lots of food, think about how Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Shepherds felt ……….and then thank God for sending His son……..and for full bellies and joyful celebrations! I feel blessed……….do you feel what I feel? Merry Christmas!
A friend of mine had some bad luck with her car recently. She drives a VERY nice car. She ran into a wire and caused damage to one side of her car. Shortly after the incident and before she could get it repaired, someone backed into the other side! A friend of hers took the car to get BOTH sides repaired. He was driving home the “freshly fixed” car and hit a deer messing up the front of the car. Now that’s a bad day!!! But she was a good sport about it all and is glad to have her car back all shiny and in good shape.
It reminds me of the Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – “we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” We may feel like the sides of our lives are crushed in on the right, the left and the front and we have no way out. But do not give up or lose heart because Jesus died for us and God is reigning on the throne of this entire universe. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says , “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. ”
Our troubles are only temporary. Through it all Jesus is right there with us helping us along the way, holding us in His arms and encouraging us. We are not crushed, or in despair, or abandoned or destroyed. We are victors in Christ Jesus and through it all Jesus brings JOY.
Psalm 126:3, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy”.
So as you go through the day and you get a dent, a bump or a scratch, just remember that Jesus is there with the tools to put you back in good shape with His Joy.
But you still probably need to watch out for the deer.
12/13/14 – a sequence of numbers we will always remember………….the day my sister’s battle with cancer ended. When she was told almost 9 years ago that she had stage 4 ovarian cancer and only 4-6 months to live, we had no idea how strong she was and how hard she would fight. She endured multiple rounds of chemo and radiation and lost her hair many times. But she kept on fighting………….
I vow to keep Bucket Buddies Mission going in her memory for as long as God allows.
God gives us comfort in these days and we cling to Him for peace.
Watch this video by Carrie Underwood. It reminds me of the promise of heaven and how sweet it will be to see our loved ones again. We appreciate your prayers for our family during this difficult time.