It’s that wonderful time of the year…or is it?
Christmas is great. It’s that time where we celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
It’s the time when families come together and get to spend quality time with one another. Uh-oh, that’s also when, for many people, that “wonderful time of the year” turns into “I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”
Are you looking forward to Christmas with a small (or large) sense of dread in seeing various family members and in-laws?
If so, then this Christmas, receive and give the gift of patience.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
Colossians 1:10-12 (NIV)
This Christmas ask God for, and receive, the gift of patience – to be able to joyfully endure anything anyone says, doesn’t say, does, or doesn’t do. Ask Him to give you a Holy Spirit alarm to let you know when things are getting to you, so you can stop and ask for His strength to get through it.
This also includes having patience with yourself. You may have tons that you need to do for everything to go perfectly for everyone. Stop for a second and think if it will REALLY be the end of the world if everything doesn’t go exactly according to plan. It probably won’t, so don’t beat yourself up about it.
And be careful to not take any of your impatience out on your spouse.
Enjoy this Christmas! Thank God for the time with your spouse, your kids, and extended family. And if nothing else, you can always thank God that you only see some of those family members once a year:)
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