Archive for December, 2011
December 27th, 2011 by Sheree
Are you ready to roll?
Have you noticed that the older we get the faster the years seem to roll by? Think about it… when we were kids it seemed like and eternity passed before we turned 16 and got our driver’s license and then another eternity passed before we turned 21 and obtained legal status. Yet somehow it seems like yesterday that we were ringing in 2011. While life’s big milestones seem to come slowly, the rest of life races by at break-neck speed.
The apostle Paul often used the analogy of a race in his teachings. You and I can relate to this analogy because most of us feel as though our life is a race. However, just because we are racing around trying to keep our heads above water doesn’t mean that we are running our race wisely. In 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul tells us that in a race all the runners are running, but they don’t all get a prize. He then goes on to say that there is a way to run our race and win.
So, how do we win the race? First we have to realize that in every race there is a charted path and a finish line. Our life’s race began on the path that was charted for us before we were ever born and our finish line is also predertermined. But the prize of hearing our Father say to us, “Well done my good and faithful servant”, is something we have to strive for.
In Hebrews chapter 12 the writer gives us 3 strategies to win our race:
- Throw off everything that hinders you.
- Run with perseverance.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus
As we run our race in life and roll past 2011 into 2012 I’m reminded of a famous line by Raul Julia from the 1976 movie, The Gumball Rally. The movie was about a car race across America, the line… “What’s behind me is not important”.
So as we leave 2011 in our rear view mirror let’s forget about the past and commit this year to focusing on Jesus, running our race with perseverance and to throwing off the things that hinder us. Let’s run our race this year in such a way as to win the prize!
December 9th, 2011 by Sheree
Only One Thing is Needed This Christmas, Do You Have It?
Has the stress of Christmas overshadowed your peace on earth and good will toward men? With the deadline growing ever closer, pressure is mounting for many of us as we race to get everything done.
It’s so easy to get distracted by all of the preparation that goes into Christmas that we totally miss the point. Instead of enjoying the celebration of our Savior’s birth, we’re busy trying to put on the perfect Martha Stewart Christmas.
Speaking of Martha… there’s another Martha who let the distraction of all the preparations of a celebration with Jesus get to her. As she rushed around trying to get everything done she came to the boiling point when her sister wouldn’t leave Jesus’ side to help her. In Luke chapter 10 we’re told that she cried out to Jesus saying, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Jesus responded to Martha’s cry for help by telling her, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better”.
Both Mary and Martha had made choices about how to prepare for Jesus’ visit. Mary had chosen to sit at his feet and just be near him, while Martha had chosen to spend her time making the perfect preparations for his visit. Jesus said that Mary’s choice was the better one.
Naturally we want to go to every party we’re invited to, buy our kids everything they want, have the best decorations and a perfect Martha Stewart Christmas. But Jesus reminds us that we only need one thing, and that is time spent at his feet.
So… as you make final preparations this year for your Christmas celebrations, make the choice to take time to sit at the feet of Jesus. After all, He is the only thing you really need!
I’d love to hear how you plan to incorporate time at his feet this Christmas season. Share your idea with my readers by leaving a comment.