As I sat in service on Sunday, focusing on the ACTUAL WORDS being delivered(THRU CHRIST) from my Pastor, Stephen Joyce of About My Father’s Business Outreach Ministry; I said to myself there are a NUMEROUS amount of people (SAVED & UNSAVED) that have TRULY LOST the TRUE meaning of CHRISTmas. Let me CLEARLY state this, I’m not KNOCKING how anyone celebrates THEIR Christmas. However, ENCOURAGING SOMEONE to take a SECOND out of the HUSTLE & BUSTLE of CHRISTmas and “LOOK” @ the TRUE “STAR” of this season.
The Carter 5 (Myself, My Husband, & 3 Children) decided years ago that WE would no longer celebrate Christmas with buying EVERYONE gifts. Now, those that are close to me found this amusing when I shared our feelings because I’m known as a CHEAPSTER around my family & friends and they thought this mind-set was an attempt/excuse to SAVE MONEY. My husband & I made the decision to give one gift a piece to our three children; therefore, our children receive one gift from us to open on Christmas morning…That’s IT. Now, don’t get me wrong we DO celebrate CHRISTmas but SOLELY 2 THE KING!!!!
I give this example to people when they look at me CRAZY because I say I don’t DO ALL THAT when it comes to the SHOPPING aspect of this season. Here’s the example….. When it’s my birthday I TRULY CELEBRATE and anyone who knows me knows I make a HUGE deal of “MY DAY” (& expect my family & friends to do the same as well). I begin telling whoever will listen that “MY DAY” is near (I just imagined how some of my cousins ROLL their eyes in their heads as I REMIND them. HAAAAA!). Now, I tell people how I would feel SOME KIND OF WAY if on “MY DAY” everyone was running around buying presents for EVERYONE and giving EVERYONE attention with the exception of “ME“. I gave my oldest son that example years ago and he actually said “Mom you’re RIGHT”, I would not be happy. People usually respect that example and truly understand where I’m ACTUALLY coming from.
I have PERSONALLY seen people spend their LAST/Money that they just DON’T HAVE to spend. Some even neglect their bills to buy gift, after gift, after gift…….FOR WHAT?!?!!! As I said before my husband and I do purchase three items and give them to our three children on Christmas morning so I’m not saying DON’T purchase gifts; however, this world has become “LOST” in this season….KEEP IT REAL!!! Enough is ENOUGH!!!!! Some of us need to TAKE A STAND 4 CHRISTmas and sit down with our children and explain to them its NOT ABOUT YOU, IT’S ABOUT JESUS!!!!! Sad to say WE SHOULD SIT SOME ADULTS DOWN & HAVE THE SAME CONVERSATION!!!!
Second, make this a season about spending and ENJOYING time with your families and friends. Last BUT SURELY not LEAST, BE ENCOURAGED not to spend your VERY LAST in this season the day will come & GO but you still have a life to live FINANCIALLY after the 25th…… You don’t OWE anyone ANYTHING with the EXCEPTION of Jesus!!! KEEP THAT IN THE FRONT OF YOUR MIND………
Added BONUS:Matthew 2:9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.
The “WISE MEN” traveled THOUSANDS of miles to find Jesus following a “STAR” and today I want to ENCOURAGE you to find your “STAR” and follow it to Jesus, ex. Bold & Fab, a close friend that is WALKING 4 Christ, Your Bible, and I’m sure there is a “STAR” you noticed that could assist you in FINDING JESUS!!! If it takes you THOUSANDS of miles to find Jesus DON’T GIVE UP!!!! It’s SOOO WORTH the TRAVEL…..If this ministry touches you in a way that you feel COMPELLED by God to share a testimony/Give God Praise for TOUCHING/REACHING you TODAY then Comment @ the end of the blog or Give Him Praise thru a PRIVATE PRAYER then DO SO…..JUST GIVE HIM PRAISE 4 He is TRULY WORTHY!!!!!!!
Be TRULY Remembering “The Reason 4 the Season”
Be Giving God His DUE Attention 4 His BIRTHDAY
Be Encouraged to “TRAVEL THOUSANDS of Miles following a STAR God has designed 4 YOU & DON’T GIVE UP in Jesus Name…………..