Summary: This message explores four things we need to quit doing in order to make our Christmas season more peaceful.
- Luke 2:14 - the promise of peace.
RECLAIMING THE CHRISTMAS PEACE THAT BUSYNESS STEALS FROM US:
- largely an exercise in doing less, so we’re going to talk about 4 things we need to quit.
1. Quit trying to please everyone.
- Luke 5:15-16.
- so many wanting a piece of His time, yet He withdraws.
- at the end of the day, you can’t everybody and God happy.
- the many obligations during the Christmas season.
2. Quit trying to be the perfect host.
- as we have guests over, we often drive ourselves crazy by our unnecessarily high standards.
- idea of Suzi trying to do all the cooking for a church dinner by herself.
- would it really be that bad to let others bring stuff?
- would it really be that bad if the house wasn’t immaculate? (I know the ladies are going to
accuse me of not understanding because I’m a man.)
3. Quit buying so much.
- Luke 12:15.
- show of hands: how many of you regularly run into the problem of not being able to think of a
single thing that someone on your list needs.
- going to those people and establishing a “mutual-nonaggression treaty” (or buying them a
“present” for the Union Mission).
4. Quit running around and go sit down.
- Luke 22:14.
- Jesus, facing the worst day of His life, chooses to spend His precious time with His friends.
- spend some time enjoying the company of those who mean the most to you (family and God).
- do you spend more time of your holiday focusing of your presents for your family or your
presence with your family?