Christmas Morning

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Christmas mornings look different for all of us.
Some are early and loud (that would be us), others are later and quieter.
Christmas day can be stressful and fly by or seem sad and never end.
Whatever your Christmas morning looks like, my prayer for you is to invite Jesus into all of it.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Whether you need counsel, someone to depend on or get some peace that passes all understanding – all you have to do is ask Him.
Jesus came for you.
To love you, to know you, to save you, to heal you.
Today ask for His help when you need it.
Jesus will not run out of grace and mercy – He has an eternal supply.
Have an amazing and very Merry Christmas!

Humble

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I know that the word humble can be a hard one to grasp.

First of all, it has nothing to do with being humiliated or feeling humiliated.

Second, it is not about doing but about being.

It is about identity and living out of it.

It is leadership but it doesn’t look like what you are used to.

It is knowing who you are in Christ as well as knowing who Christ is in you:

He is your Savior, redeemer, creator, all-powerful God.

He is your guide, strength, hope, and peace.

He is the great I AM and has unlimited power and reach.

Jesus is the greatest in heaven and made himself the least on earth. Not because He had forgotten who He was but because He knew with full confidence who He was.

In the first three chapters of Ephesians after encouraging the church in Ephesus to live out of their new identity in Christ, He tells them:

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Being humble means you can lead others without being bossy.

Being humble means that you can be happy and content when you are not in control.

Being gentle means that you have unclinched your hands from steering the direction of your life and have let Jesus take the lead.

Being patient means bearing with those who don’t deserve your patience and loving people who are not easy to love.

This is about the little things that can undo our composure: the unexpected phone calls, the interruptions that add or postpone your to-do list, the change of plans because some people are unorganized.

These are the moments when being humble matters the most.

There are moments when being gentle makes all the difference.

These are the moments when others will recognize that the patience you are extending to them is not natural but God-given.

These are the moments Jesus shines bright through you.

May you so confidently know who you are in Christ that you are able to gracefully engage with all that challenges it today.

Shine Your Light

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Opportunities to shine your light may look different than you think they do.

They come when you are grumpy and tired. They come when you’ve spent your energy and are done.

I know you can do pretty well with expected opportunities to shine. You can plan and prepare. Maybe practice a bit in your mind, you know, go through the situation a few times mentally.

But the very best opportunities to shine are not in your plans. They are inconvenient. They come with people who are demanding and immature. They come from people who have already spent the allotted amount of patience you have for them.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I know that the word humble can be a hard one to grasp but it has nothing to do with being humiliated.

Being humble is a security of self that is forged by your salvation. It is knowing who you are in Christ as well as knowing who Christ is in you: He is Savior, forgiver, redeemer, creator, all-powerful God. He is your guide, your strength, your hope and your peace. He is the great I AM and is unlimited in power and reach. He is the light of the world.

Being humble means that you can be happy and content when you are not in control.

Being gentle means that you have unclinched your hands from steering the direction of your life and have let Jesus take the wheel.

Being patient means bearing with those who don’t deserve your patience and loving people who are not easy to love.

This is not about the big things but the little ones: the unexpected phone calls, the interruptions that add to or postpone your to-do list, the change of plans because some people are unorganized.

These are the moments when being humble matters the most.

There are the moments when being gentle makes all the difference.

These are the moments when others will recognize that the patience you are extending to them is not natural but given to you by God.

These are the moments Jesus shines through you.

So shine bright, my friend, this dark world needs you to.