Thursday, December 30, 2010

How Was Your Christmas?

People often ask around this time, "How was your Christmas?" 

Most reactions are: "Oh, we had a great time with our family." Or "It was great; I got a ___." 

Rarely if ever will you hear anyone respond, "Wow, I am more in awe of Jesus than ever!"

Supposedly we are celebrating Christ's birth. That is what most Christians will claim as their focus. Yet their response about how their Christmas was rarely mentions His name. And sadly, if they did, they would probably be viewed as "hyper-spiritual" or "holier-than-thou."

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" ~ I Peter 2:21

If Christ is "all and in all" (Colossians 3:11), and we claim to be His followers, would not His Birthday be all about Him? Would not every day of our lives become increasingly more about Him, rather than less about Him?

Here are some practical ways in which in this New Year, I want to endeavour to allow Him to be ALL. (And I would love for you to comment below on some practical ways He is leading you to allow Him to be ALL in your life too!)

1. Priorities.

I have to admit that many times my ministries at church take priority over my home (and thereby priority over my husband and family). God has been speaking to my heart about priorities; causing me to come to realize that better is not always His best. If I consistently have time to edit the bulletin, work on church flyers, facebook and email, etc., but my house is consistently neglected {ouch!}, my priorities are out of wack!

2. Patience.

The more I yield to the Spirit, the more I realize that I have no patience of my own. "In my own flesh dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18). I have noticed that when I find myself becoming impatient with a brother or sister, many times I can find within myself the very trait causing my impatience! For example, when I am impatient with someone because he is acting selfish, I can usually find selfishness in my own heart. 
"Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also hath received us to the glory of God" (Romans 15:7). 
When I am more aware of the vast amount of grace with which Christ received me and that He continues to accept me by grace, I can fully receive others by grace, without judgment. Knowing and realizing how much I have been forgiven makes me more patient with the next person.

3. Pleasantness. 

Who wants to be around a miserable person? Pleasantness comes from God through a grateful heart. 
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. ~ Proverbs 15:15
When my focus is continually on my afflictions or the things I wish were different in my life, I cannot fully appreciate the good things with which God has blessed me.
Blessed be the Lord our God, which daily loadeth us with benefits. ~ Psalm 68:28
Daily loads of benefits are ours, and yet usually we complain to Him more than we praise Him! As a parent, does an ungrateful child make you want to give him more or less? Yet God, the perfect, loving Father, keeps loading us down with blessings, even as the complaints come out of our lips! His patience with us and love for us--though consequences to our actions remain--knows no bounds!

I know that I truly want my New Year to be increasingly about Him. These are my three areas of focus: my priorities, patience, and pleasantness (which comes directly from praise). What are yours?


  1. I love this blog Dayna!!!!! There is always something to be glad about :):) The best part is that the Lord is the reason for the "gladness" isn't that the best???


  2. Thanks Rebecca... He IS the reason for gladness, for sure!


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