Hello and HAPPY DECEMBER 1, 2010!!!!
I absolutely could not wait to share this series with you all, I pray you enjoy this as much as I did when I first discovered how to “Redeem the Season”.
First, let’s catch up a bit, one day a few Christmas seasons ago, Scott and I were talking about how everyone always runs around like crazy, shopping, going to events, and running, running, running. Before we all know it Christmas is over and we feel exhausted, and spent, literally… One year Scott found out about a book called Redeeming the Season by: Kim Wier and Pam McCune. He purchased the book for me, because he knew I was feeling run down, tired, and very Bah Humbug that year. We had our hands full and overflowing with family traditions, present buying, ministry events, and honestly we did not have hardly any time to just be together as a family, and chill, and enjoy the Season. That’s when Scott and I made a decision to stop “overdoing” the Christmas season.
Over the next month I want to share with you how we celebrate the Season without taking away the joy of the season. The book I mentioned above gives great insight and shares wonderful ideas that everyone can enjoy. So without further delay, let’s Redeem the Season together, and enjoy every single minute.
Redeem the Season December 1, 2010 – CHALLENGE
To “redeem” something means to recover ownership by paying off a specific sum, to restore the worth or honor of something, to save or deliver from sins.
When I think of Redeeming the Season, I ask myself how can I take back what Christmas means to me, instead of buying into what the market says of Christmas? Does that mean I go see a Christmas play, or give to The Salvation Army, or sponsor a child through The Angel Tree program? Or does it simply mean to rest, reflect, and look for ways to share kindness with others?
PHILIPPIANS 2: 3-5 NASB
3Do nothing from (A)selfishness or (B)empty conceit, but with humility of mind(C)regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4(D)do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5(E)Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in (F)Christ Jesus
When is the last time you purposely looked for an opportunity to share a kindness with another? When have you stopped and said to yourself how can I help this person get ahead? When have you looked out for the best interest of another? No matter if they deserve it or not, showing acts of kindness is a great way to Redeem the Season and it doesn’t cost you a penny. Today look for an opportunity to share kindness with another, seek out someone you might come across everyday and do something nice and unexpected. And when they look up at you puzzled, just smile. Remember you are different, you are special, and you are Redeeming the Season. Have a Happy Day!