It's the most wonderful time of the year! But it's also the busiest time of the year for people—planning meals, preparing for travel, and finding those last few gifts. It can be easy to take on unnecessary stress and pressure. But, if you'll determine to keep your heart and mind focused in the right direction, you'll enjoy the holiday season more and experience the peace and contentment God desires for you.
Think about this: When we get to heaven, God isn't going to ask us about how many people were on our Christmas list. He isn't going to ask us about our holiday decorations or how perfectly the table was set. There's nothing wrong with buying gifts and making our home welcome for guests, we just have to make sure that we keep our priorities in order. People are the most important thing to the heart of God, and people should be our number one priority, too. The way we treat others is a reflection of the way we treat God. If we are short with others or take our frustrations out on them, it's as if we are treating God the same way. But when we bless others, when we walk in love and honor and respect them, we are honoring and respecting God.
God wants you to enjoy the holiday season. You are so important to Him. When the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, meditate on the fact that you are not here by accident. You are here for a purpose, created in the image of God. You have the power to influence the atmosphere around you.
Set the tone for your family and loved ones by honoring and respecting them. Go the extra mile to be encouraging. Make the effort to be on time for gatherings. Stand on the common ground of peace even if you don't agree with everyone. Honor the Lord by honoring the people He has placed in your life and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40, NIV)