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The One Thing

There is only one thing worth being concerned about.  Mary has discovered it and it will not be taken from her. Luke 10:42.

Christmas. It’s amazing how one word can envoke a myriad of conflicting emotions!  Excitement, anticipation, thankfulness… stress, worry, and a weariness that settles in at the mere thought of the schedules that need to be coordinated, goodies that need to be baked, presents to be purchased…the list seems endless.  How is it working for you?  For me…I need a nap!

Imagine it’s January 2nd and you’re looking back on the Christmas season, what memories would you like to have?

I’m hoping for laughter in the kitchen, lively conversations at the dinner table, reading together by the firelight, the joy of giving gifts of love to family and friends and most of all, I hope for memories my kids will cherish for a lifetime and for treasured times with Jesus.

Some amount of planning and preparation is necessary if these memories are to become reality, however, if planning and preparation rule the day I may end up with a well-orchestrated Christmas that’s riddled with memories of frustration, arguments and resentment.

Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!  There is only one thing worth being concerned about… Luke 10:41

Martha was preparing to entertain the Savior of the world, God incarnate!  In many ways you and I are preparing for the same thing.  We’re preparing to celebrate His birth and welcome Him into our home with every decoration, party and gift.  His words reached out to me this morning and I pass them on to you.

Let’s not allow ourselves to become so consumed with the details that we miss the only thing that’s worth being concerned about…Jesus.  Lets make time to enjoy Jesus’ presence this Christmas season.  Let’s make room in the schedule to enjoy (not just entertain, but really enjoy) family and friends.  If you’re like me you may have to shorten the to-do list and limit the activities but we may find that come January 2 we have rich memories that fill our hearts to overflowing.
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