Keeping it Real through the Holidays-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to our “Keeping it Real through the Holidays” series. I’m so blessed you could join us today. Grab your coffee and come in out of the rain. Let’s get to the core of this series.

How do we keep it real? The most real thing I know is His word. Let’s take a test together and ask ourselves, “Why do we do what we do for whom we do during this season?” i.e., get the tree, the exchanging of the gifts, how many and for how many, light the candles and talk up Santa Claus?

1st Corinthians 3:11-13 says: “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation (adds to it) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test each other’s works, of what sort it is.”

Again, let’s ask ourselves, why do we do what we do, practice the traditions we do? Answering these questions can help us determine what we are adding to our foundation. For example, shopping: Are the gifts all purchased with love, with joy? Is there a peace each time you pay? Do you choose the gift with patience, showing kindness with your gift while expecting nothing in return? Is there gentleness shown to the grumpy cashier who waited on you? And is your shopping done with self-control? These are the precious building stones with which we must build on our foundation.

The same is true with decorating the house and the tree, the cooking and the baking, the get-togethers. I’ve heard horror stories of family get-togethers around the season that turn into family feuds. And wives/moms, do we pick up that broom and begin riding it because everything has to be a certain way, decorated a certain way, presented a certain way? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, could that be because stress, anxiety and worry are being added to the foundation?

I’m beginning to realize that the way we celebrate this season is a bit like the man who built his house on the sand. When the rain came, the flood came and the winds blew and beat on that house, the house fell and the fall was great!

Look at the definition of sand (Old Testament, Hebrew): Chowl – whirling particles. (New Testament, Greek): ammos – “means sand or sandy ground, an insecure foundation.”

Look at our economy; now that’s an insecure foundation. Do we want to add to that foundation?

Join me tomorrow for the final blog in this series, and thanks so much for joining me.

Hugs,

Evinda

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