Hard to believe it...but it's almost Christmas! For me, it's one of the most stressful times of the year. Seems like we spend lots of time, energy, and money to celebrate holidays. And if we aren't careful, it's easy for us to inadvertently leave out CHRIST in attempting to celebrate CHRISTmas.
A few years ago, I was listening to Rick Warren preach a sermon. He described life as a railroad track (with two rails). He said that EVERY SEASON of life has two rails running side-by-side at the same time. One rail represents the frustrating, painfully, bad stuff we may be going through in a particular season of life. At the same time, the other rail represents the good, amazing, blessings that are happening in that same season of life. He went on to say that we tend only focus on the one rail with all the bad stuff at the expense of realizing that, at the same time, there are good things in every stage of our lives. Our choice is to do our best to magnify and celebrate the good things (the blessings of God) rather than to only see the bad.
I don't know what you are dealing with this Christmas. It could be the pain of no longer having loved ones here during the holidays. It could be the stress of figuring out how to pay for everything or to meet all of your family obligations this Christmas. Despite all those things and more, I want to encourage you to focus on the other rail. Christmas is about God breaking His silence and finally sending hope into the world. It's about giving us something we don't deserve--Jesus Christ. What other blessings do you have in your life? Let's be sure to humbly thank God for them during this incredible season of life!
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Love you guys! Merry Christmas! Brandon:)
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