Summary: Tips to keep the holidays from becoming a drag!
Hints for a Hassle-free Holiday
Well, here we are. The advent season is on us, and it’ll be Christmas before we know it.
You wouldn’t know it by the weather, but it’s true nonetheless.
And while for some people, the Christmas season brings joy and happiness, for others it brings headaches and hassles.
And for some others, it brings heartache with the remembrance of loved ones who have passed away.
I wish I had the cure for all that heartache, but I don’t.
However, I would like to offer a few suggestions to make the holidays a little more bearable, and maybe even downright enjoyable for those of you who aren’t especially fond of Christmas time.
This morning I want to give you three things to aid you in having a hassle-free holiday. My purpose is to shine a little perspective into our preparation and celebration, so that we can go into the season with the right focus.
And the first thing I want to suggest is that we..
I. Gain the right focus.
The world would like us to focus on any number of things during this time of year. Spending, gifts, charity, and all sorts of stuff.
But the right focus is not the heart-warming episodes of once-a-year selflessness, or other things the world refers to as “the spirit of Christmas.”
The right focus is GRACE. God’s riches at Christ’s expense.
Please turn with me to Romans chapter 5, verse 8. If you are using the Bibles in the seats, this can be found on page 798.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You see, folks, if it weren’t for the fact that God intervened in the affairs of men, we would be doomed in light of the present, and hopeless in light of eternity.
But God has acted, and we can celebrate not only the birth of the Savior, but everything that birth brings later, including His horrible death and glorious resurrection.
So how do we gain the right focus? I’d like to suggest three ways:
A. Remember – how you were saved and
how Christ has changed your life.
Keep in mind that Jesus had you in mind when He was hanging on that cross, and you’ll be a lot less likely to look down on someone else.
And keep it in mind when you’re fighting the lines at the shopping centers.
That person who cut in front of you or grabbed the sweater you were going for is a person Jesus died for, just like you.
So remember. Next…
B. Renew – your love for Him.
Express your desire to walk more closely and drink of His many blessings. Think on the things that drew you to Him in the first place, and let His Holy Spirit fill you with a renewed sense of love and joy in Him.
Make the determination that you will spend more time with Him in the Word and prayer.
C. Recommit – to serving the One who
gave Himself for you.
I’m convinced, because of how it’s happened in my own life, that if you make the effort to remember what Christ has done for you and renew your love for Him, you can’t help but give your life back to Him in service, no matter what your station in life.
Invite Him to use you in whatever situation you find yourself, and then let Him do it.