Romans 3: 20-26
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus
One of the most frustrating things for me during the Holidays is some of the shows on HGTV or Food Network. They are doing us a favor by teaching us how to put on the perfect Christmas party. With such phrases as “Potpourri is always nice….you can buy it in a store but I prefer to make my own it’s very simple in just 27 steps and $300 worth of ingredients everyone will be talking about it”
“The table setting is absolutely essential. I like to use the Gold utensils the Ming dynasty because it says “you’re important”
Ok I exaggerate slightly, but only slightly.
After watching “Saving Christmas” I can see where some of our traditions come from and that makes it much more tolerable after decades of hearing about the commercialism of Christmas. But trying to have the perfect Christmas causes more stress than it cures.
The fact is….we are not perfect so it stands to reason that most of what we do is not or will not be perfect either.
Accepting the fact that we are not perfect is essential in the life of every believer.
Every so often Laura and I will look at each other and realize….almost in shock….we are doing absolutely nothing and we are loving it.
There is a cartoon called BC where a guy is sitting back relaxing. Someone comes by and says, “what are you doing”? He says nothing. They say “you were doing that yesterday”…. He says “I’m not finished yet”
We all need our batteries recharged and the Holidays can be a great time for doing that.
Have a good time - eat - drink - fellowship - relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.
It is through Christ and Christ only we can find contentment in His perfection!