Tuesday, November 20, 2012
When most people think of Christmas they think of presents (admit it, we all do). This year, try to think about being present instead. This Sunday, we start our new sermon series Be Present. We’re very excited for this series and the encouragement that it will bring not to zone out during the busy Christmas season. Each week during this series we will discuss how to be present in a particular area.
This Christmas season, be present in:
Your Family - It seems like it’s so easy to spend time with family during Christmas, but conflicting schedules, gift shopping, special activities, Christmas parties…these can all spread a family every which way but home. Be sure to set aside some time where all family members are in one place at the same time. If this is a huge family gathering, don’t hide behind a fruit cake or avoid that weird uncle who makes those awkward jokes. Be present.
Your Neighborhood – It’s easy to forget how important a friendly neighbor can be. Something as small as a plate of cookies or a Christmas card can be just the blessing someone’s needed. If it’s cooking, visiting, or even helping to decorate for Christmas don’t be afraid to invest some of your time into a neighbor’s life.
Your Community – Everyone has a unique circle of influence that we have a chance to bless and minister to. Every friend, acquaintance, or co-worker is an opportunity to show Christ’s love. Find some way to connect with someone in a special way. It can be to the whole community, like Share Your Shelf or the Wrapping Station, or to your handful of coworkers.
Your World – We are called into a global church. We at Rolling Hills are but a section of a world-wide body of believers serving God. At the time of year where we celebrate Christ’s birth, we shouldn’t forget that we are commissioned to serve the world. A great chance to do that this year is by giving to JMI’s Warm Their Hearts campaign.
Wherever You Are – Schedules and lists are necessary and useful, but don’t get so lost in them that you miss an opportunity you didn’t plan for. God loves to surprise us. Be ready for it.
When the to-do list grows two sizes too big don’t forget to slow down and just…be present.