12 Days to a "Better Christmas" (Round 2)

As Christmas draws a bit closer and we start to anticipate the joy or for some the dread for gathering, let's focus on how we can make it our best Christmas yet by practicing the guidelines the Bible has laid out for us to go forth in peace and goodwill. Here are a few more topics we have covered on social media this week: 

Day 5 Self Control

Here is an excellent article on the topic from "Desiring God" by David Mathis who writes, "In Jesus, we have a source for true self-control far beyond that of our feeble selves." Our self control can produce an environment of safety, of trust, and of faith amongst our friends and family. Let's look to Jesus to help create that loving environment. How lovely would Christmas be if everyone knew they could trust you for a good time. 

Here are two more notable quotes from the article: 

“True self-control is not about bringing our selves under our own control, but under the power of Christ.”

“Christians can be the people on the planet most hopeful about growing in self-control.”

Day 10 Patience: 

A true story on patience...1 Samuel 13:8-14. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him. 11 “What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the LORD’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.” 13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”

Do not fret. Have patience. Do not act out of fear or anger or your own selfish anxiety. Even if it is over a parking spot at the local mall...patience is a virtue and the key to a lovely Holiday. It will all work according to the Lord's will. 

Day 4 Joy

Sometimes it really is this simple: 

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love;
And wonders of His love;
And wonders, wonders of His love.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Happy Holidays and let's get ready for the best Christmas yet.