Featured post by Rachel Coltharp
Family and work gatherings can be a time of food, fun and festivities. It can also facilitate the brewing of a big ‘ol kettle of crazy. Old hurts, slights and insecurities can flare up into full-blown nutso. Seemingly innocent comments are an invitation to arguments, joking remarks are seen and felt as cruel, snide slashes that cut to the very heart. Far too often, Christmas gatherings can be Christ-less.
My suggestion to us all, myself MOST of all, is to remember that when you come up on a big ol’ kettle of crazy… don’t stir!
Before you leave your house, or go downstairs, cleanse your heart, thoroughly. Ask the heavenly Father to gentle your spirit and to help you see your family members as He does. You see and hear their unkind words and actions. He sees the reason they say and do them. Purpose in your heart to be the hands, feet, and voice of Christ to these, His children.
Just like Mary carried the good news inside of her, we can carry it in our hearts. She was misunderstood. Sometimes we are, too. She felt out of place. Sometimes we do, too. She was unappreciated. Sometimes we are, too. Nevertheless, she chose to carry the good news anyway! So can we. Remember, anyone can bring a gift to the gathering, only Christians can bring Christ.
Let your sister-in-law be the GOOD mother, let your brother make the MOST money, let your aunt do it the RIGHT way. Smile and affirm them; take the low road. Know in your heart that you don’t have to be right!
Yes, bring your delicious food, bring your beautiful gifts, but most importantly, bring with you food for the soul and the Gift of the Ages.
Bless you, dear daughter of the King, as you strive to keep the holidays, holy days.