How do you and your Faith Family do community together? Is it attending small group, sharing meals, going on an all girls/guys outing. Or, is it giving of yourself? Sharing your gifts, talents, time or resources?
As I reflect on the Season, I am reminded that the stress and busyness of this time of year is man-made. God doesn’t intend for us to experience stress and busyness during the Christmas season or any time of year. In fact, Jesus, knowing that the busyness of life would distract us from Him gives us an open invitation in Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (NASB).
The giving of gifts, wrapped in festive paper and embellished with beautiful bows and ribbons, has become customary for many. I love to receive gifts; I love to give gifts even more. Shopping online or going to the local mall or free-standing store is easy; a no brainer. The package arrives in the mail or you bring it home with you, wrap it, tag it and deliver.
But, what about the gifts that cannot be purchased; the gifts that require one to give of themselves? Why, I wonder, is this a struggle for so many of us? Here are some of the excuses that run through my mind, “I’m too busy.” “Someone else will do it this time.” “I helped out last time.” There are more, but I’m sure you get the picture.
The point is, when we choose to practice selfless giving throughout the year, it becomes second nature to say yes rather than give an excuse; even during the time of year many of us choose to make the busiest.
So, it all comes back to having a relationship with Jesus. We truly can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. When we choose to make our home in Him, he will show us the needs that are on His heart and give us everything we require to fill those needs.
Are you stressed and busy? Beloved, choose Jesus and he will give you rest for your soul.
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