Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Today is Christmas. A time for families to get together and celebrate time together. Swap presents. And depending on religious beliefs, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For everyone that keeps that focus - congratulations!
Since this is my personal blog, I have something personal to share. It's been a rough time for me this year. I tend to get the "holiday blues" anyway. This year has been escalated. I've not been able to give gifts for three years now. My financial state is now where I want it to be. I've been VERY successful starting two new businesses within that time. First lesson to any future start-ups...have some capital to live on while you build the business! I'll be posting a Year In Review soon.
This morning while trying to get out of a "bummed" mood, I kept hearing the phrase "perfect love" in my head. I looked up 1 John 4:18, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment." Yep, I've been in an emotional torment. Then I read more of 1 John and found the gem I posted upfront. In these sentences, John talks about confidence. I have lacked confidence lately. And whatever we ask we receive from Him - because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in his sight. If I only looked at the Ten Commandments - I have failed miserably over the years. And I have not always done things that are pleasing to God. Every time I speak at curse word - God sighs. But read on.
His commandments: we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.
This is not my fix-it for my mood. That will take a process today. But this will be the Truth I stand on. I cannot love perfectly. I cannot give wrapped presents, I do not have the "world's goods" to share right now. But I certainly believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior. And I love others by showing it with my time and effort, my compassion (yes, it's in there), my vision and ability to help others accomplish great things, and my amazing resourcefulness. That will be my focus. Not the lack of money to buy Christmas presents.
Showing love is not always about giving gifts in the form of wrapped presents under the tree. Nor does it happen only once a year. It's a lifestyle of believing and sharing ourselves to help each other. I have been shown great love. I will always show love in the ways I can.
Thanks bunches for reading and I hope you and yours are having a Joyous Christmas!