Christmas is really not the problem. We are always too busy. We constantly jam pack our days, mistakenly thinking that productivity is a measure of how many different things we got done. Christmas time simply highlights an ongoing problem with our thoughts and expectations.
Like most people with a servant heart, I always strive to please others. I sacrifice my own good so that other can succeed. Self-sacrifice is not a bad thing. It is biblical. The Bible is jam-packed with verses about dying to oneself, being humble, and loving others (John 15:13, Philippians 2:3-4, John 12:25, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 1 John 4:7, 1 Peter 4:8, just to name a few). So how can I say that you must put yourself first?
In my weakness, I fall
In my feebleness, I find myself on bended knees
I have not the strength to rise
Only hope is my guide.
The night was dark and the sky was alive with fury. It may have been a beautiful storm for those watching from safety, but this was not the case for 13 men caught in a life or death struggle against nature.
If we really want to live in faith, it is not about finding the path that makes us most miserable. It is about finding the path that brings us the most joy.
This world of darkness does not have to be. As a child, we feared the darkness because we knew it was a threat and it was recognizable to us as a foreign presence. As children, we wanted to live in the light. As adults, we have forgotten that there is even a difference.
the cold and I have never gotten along. There is just something about it that makes me angry. Perhaps, it is because it can beat you up and you can’t do anything about it.
For most of my life, I have struggled with one thing in particular: how can I be a Christian and also be battling against depression? I hear so many Christians say things like, “There is only joy for Christians,” or “People don’t need antidepressants, they just need Jesus.” I even read an article recently that talked about how the counselling industry should be done away with, and people should only seek guidance and help from a pastor or elder of their church.
We’re all burning with an innate sense of wanting to belong, but today’s world is so complicated and hectic that there is never any time to really build the connections that make us feel part of the in-crowd.
Can you image what it would be like if each of us walked in our faith with an entrepreneurial spirit, eager to make an impact in the world, and willing to risk everything we have to see the gospel message spread? Even more so, what if we all took time to focus our energy and efforts on the things that mattered most to Jesus?