Well, Christmas is over! I hope it was joyful season for you personally and a fruitful season for your church. I hope this week allows you some down time and some time to enjoy family and friends.
I don’t know how you are wired, but at least for me, my mind has already begun to shift to 2018. I actually love thinking about the coming year. It is a chance to reflect on what has been in the past year and to dream about what could be in the coming year. If the Lord doesn’t return, we will have another 365 days deposited into our account.
If you ask random people on the street the question: "What is Christmas?", you'll get many answers. Most people will say its a holiday in December where you eat good food, visit with friends and family and give presents. Some might say it's a waste of money, some might say it's too commercialized or a money racket. Some would say it's a time of presents, fruitcake and mistletoe. But none of these things are what Christmas is all about.
One of my favourite psalms is Psalm 139 because it reminds me that God is always with me. He’s always there and there is no where that I could ever go that He wouldn’t already be there. Adam found that out when he tried to hide from Him in the garden, Jonah did too. Even in the depths of the sea, in the belly of a great fish, God was there.
In our world, we have the mistaken notion that we live to please ourselves. If we want to do something, we do it. If we want to say something, we forge ahead, regardless of how somebody else may feel. If we want to entertain any type of thoughts of revenge, evil, violence, lust, etc. we allow our minds to go there. I am not referring only to those outside the church, but those within the body of believers as well. It is sad how even believers allow their own desires to control them.