This time of year always warms my heart and reminds me of many wonderful holidays spent with family and friends. But I've found that if I'm not careful, I can find myself getting wrapped up in the busyness of the season, things to do, people to see, and gifts to buy. I think this is true for most people. Many people live life "maxed out" before the holiday season even starts, and then adding just a little extra stress on top creates a recipe for frustration, hurt feelings, and strife.
The Bible warns us in James 3:16 that when strife comes in, it opens the door for "every evil work." We have to close the door on strife and use wisdom when planning our days. We have to consciously make the effort to receive God's grace, extend mercy to others, and hold on to peace.
Grace is God's supernatural favor, mercy, and empowerment upon you. It's His ability working in you to accomplish what you need to. When Jesus left the earth, He said, "I may be going away, but I'm sending One who will never leave you—the Holy Spirit will reside in you and teach you all things." When you align yourself with the Spirit of God, you will be equipped for every good work by His grace. His grace will empower you to love others and help you navigate the holiday season!
If the holidays don't bring back good memories for you, if you've been through some difficulties in previous years, remember, this is a new year. The best way to get past it is to give it all to God and let Him make you new. Be determined to move forward because there is always grace for every season!
"Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love." (2 John 1:3, NIV)