Every year families travel from different parts of the world to meet up at one location to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. They celebrate by preparing and eating a great meal, sharing stories, and for some watching sports to include traditional holiday movies.
Once the celebration is over, everyone goes back to their normal lives to include large amounts of credit card bills accumulated from traveling, holiday expenses, food, and entertainment.
Are these the only days you can celebrate how thankful you are or celebrating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? How many times throughout the year do you give thanks for just being alive?
Families come together for this special occasion, but they don’t speak to each other throughout the year. They communicate in group texts, Facebook, and Instagram. They don’t talk until they get together for these traditional holidays.
Everyone is so busy working to live, but in reality, they are living to work. Families don’t have Sunday’s or weekend family potlucks anymore. Some families go to church together as a family tradition to celebrate the holidays and never set foot in a church again.
As you enter the year 2020, pray and ask the Lord, how can you honor Him more throughout the year. Try having a Christ Conscious Lifestyle, try learning how to listen to His directives more. Try connecting with loved ones more other than social networks.
It is not a traditional holiday that brings God joy as it does with humans. God’s blessing is when we bless each other throughout the year, spiritual growth, and worshiping Him during our daily walk in life.
The Bible says And so, dear brothers and sisters,I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
Don’t wait until the holidays to honor God or show love and compassion to one another do it throughout the year.
Remember these verses: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23)
Let’s start 2020 the right way God’s way! He lets us know His ways by His Words. Traditional holidays are fun; however, God expects more. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)