Thursday, December 16, 2010

This Week at Twin Cities - December 16, 2010

Hey everybody, Christmas is probably one of the most fulfilling and, at the same time, frustrating times of the year. It’s often times frustrating because of all the emphasis we put on the activity of Christmas. We pile on so many expectations that we cannot possibly meet all our obligations. And at the end of the season, we find ourselves sitting in exhausted disappointment promising ourselves that next year will be different.

I want to encourage you to make this Christmas different. Look at your list and instead of thinking of whether you’ve been naughty or nice, ask yourself, “What will really give me real joy and help me connect with Jesus?” Be honest, really honest. And then ask, “What can I ruthlessly cut out between now and January 1 that will help me end this season feeling full and filled rather than empty and discouraged?”

Personally, it’s in serving (I’m not using the word “giving” on purpose) that we find real opportunities for life change, and as we serve others then our lives are impacted. Our lives are changed. So, look for ways to cut out the gift giving and party over-indulgence. Instead, look for ways to fast from the things that steal the Christmas wonder from your heart.

I want that for you. I want that for my family. I want us all to experience peace on earth and joy to the world as we simply celebrate the birth of our Savior.

I was so surprised at the impact of our service from Sunday as we focused on Joseph’s role in the Christmas story that I have no reservation in asking you to put everything else aside and be in church Sunday as we talk about Mary’s role in the birth of Jesus.

Looking forward to Christmas with a new anticipation,

Pastor Ron

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