“PASS THE MASHED POTATOES!”

“PASS THE MASHED POTATOES!” “PASS THE GRAVY!” SOUND FAMILIAR? FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME OF YEAR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS COME TOGETHER TO EAT! TURKEY, HAM, A SELECTION OF SALADS AND VEGETABLES, BREADS AND DESSERTS OF CAKES AND PIES MAKE THE FEAST COMPLETE.

AS A SOCIETY AND INDIVIDUALLY, WE OFTEN OVERINDULGE. OUR CHRISTMAS SEASON GIVES US A FALSE EXCUSE TO DO THINGS IN EXCESS. WE EAT TOO MUCH. WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON ‘THINGS’ AND EXCUSE OURSELVES ALL BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTMAS. FOR MANY, JANUARY COMES AS A HARD REMINDER OF OUR EXCESSES WHEN THE CREDIT CARD BILLS ARRIVE.

THERE IS A BETTER WAY. IF YOU ARE GONG TO DO ANYTHING IN THE EXCESS…LOVE. IT STARTS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND LOVING THEM FOR WHAT AND WHO THEY ARE. THEN IT IS LOVING FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS WITH THE SAME LOVE. THAT IS JUST THE START. THE FIRST STEPS ARE THE HARDEST. SOMETIMES IT IS DIFFICULT FOR US TO LOVE SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE OR IS DOING THINGS WE DON’T APPROVE.

WHO LOVES YOU? YOU MIGHT ANSWER YOUR SPOUSE, PARENTS, CHILDREN OR OTHERS. THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU THE MOST IS GOD. GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON IN A GRUESOME HUMANLY DEATH IN ORDER THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AS THE BIRTH OF JESUS. YET, WE KNOW THE WHOLE STORY…A HOLY BIRTH, A PERFECT LIFE, A CRUCIFIXION, A RESURRECTION AND A RETURNING SAVIOR!

SO, ENJOY THE MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY AND ALL IN MODERATION. BUT, DON’T BE MODERATE IN YOUR LOVE OF GOD. BE EXCESSIVE! PUT THIS CHRISTMAS IN PERSPECTIVE…PUT CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTMAS. DON’T FALL INTO THE ‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS’ TRAP. PROCLAIM JESUS TO EVERYONE YOU MEET. GOD IS WITH US!

“‘THE VIRGIN WILL CONCEIVE AND GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, AND THEY WILL CALL HIM IMMANUEL’ (WHICH MEANS ‘GOD WITH US.” MATTHEW 1:23 NIV