BEYOND THANKSGIVING, 

CHRISTMAS, & THE NEW YEAR

 On your mark! Get set! Go!

Yep, with the coming of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year the race is on. While the Holiday spirit excites the masses, we equally know the pressures in the seasonal rat race.  Gift-seeking and gift-getting dominate the days, as multitudes delight in the reason for the season.

In this light, let us remember and practice these three insights:

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, take time to slow down and “smell the roses.”

If we are not careful, the overload of the season makes us feel rushed and weary. Therefore, pacing yourself is wise. Slow down, relax, and heed the insight in Ecclesiastes 3:12: “That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God.”Social Media Editor, Rebecca Shinners,presents it this way. “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.”

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, rely on the joy of the Lord to radiate your life. 

Isn’t it often common that during this season irritations, frustrations, and even sadness may arise. While for some, “All is Merry and Bright” othersstruggle with gloom, despair, or loneliness. So overcome these things by confiding in a trusted family member, a good friend, or seeking God in His Word and prayer. Embrace the message found in Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Mark Twain once said this about Christmas, To get the full value of joy,  you must have someone to divide it with.” So go and find others to celebrate the season together.

Throughout Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, commit to treat every day as Merry and Bright. 

Why wait for special holidays, when each day Jesus may guide your life.  

            And remember to live every day with this in mind, “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.”