Seeking Stillness During the Holidays
Are you enjoying the lights and songs of the season? Or are you just plain weary and stressed out? Perhaps you need to refocus!
We’ve all had a tough year in one way or another. Christmas is a time to pause, to ponder, and to praise the gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Rather than adding the unwanted burden of financial and social obligations, we need to intentionally seek stillness to hear the voice of God. Much of our loss of peace comes with the financial pressures we feel when the emphasis of the season is on buying gifts. Overspending is the opposite of how Christians should celebrate. It creates stress and robs us of the ability to save and give generously to our churches and those in real need.
Likewise, time must be stewarded as carefully as money. The older I get, the faster it seems to fly. Don’t squander it on worthless endeavors – but seek ways to grow in faith, to reduce distractions, and to serve others. And if you feel stressed this Christmas season, turn to the Lord. He’s the “Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3) You can “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) He, who silenced the storm and hushed the sea, is more than capable of calming our anxious hearts. In complete dependence upon our mighty God, we can say “No” to the demands of the world and joyfully celebrate the birth of Him who fills us with His peace. Your future is guaranteed by his divine goodness. So turn to Him and find rest for your soul!
And don’t forget that December is the most important month for charitable giving. Giving before year-end will be doubled through our Matching Challenge. And you can receive my new e-book “7 Gray Swans” as a thank you for your generosity! Please give today at crown.org.