Posted by Pastor Steve Biswell on 12-13-2016
By Pastor Steve Biswell (Posted on 12-13-2016)
A headmaster at a parochial school wanted to provide his new students some advice for appropriate behavior at church. He thought he would try to elicit rules that their parents might give the youngsters before taking them to a nice restaurant.
“Don’t play with your food,” one second grader cited.
“Don’t be loud,” said another, and so on…
He then turned to another child to ask, “And what rule do your parents give you before you go out to eat?”
Without batting an eye, the child replied, “Order something cheap.”
During the Christmas season, most of us have a whole list of plans, places to be, programs to watch, family gatherings to attend, meals to prepare, presents to buy, etc. At times it just gets to be a lot and can stress us out. We tend to get caught up in the blur of the hoopla and getting to the next thing.
I encourage you to make an effort to be where you are at and enjoy the moment. If you are with family, be all there. If at a program, sit back and enjoy the moment. If at a meal, savor the bites. Embrace the small things, look each other in the eyes, get lost in the imagination of a child, give a gift in grace, carve out a few moments to soak in the wonder of God in flesh, be thankful that you have the money to buy the gift.
And when it all gets stressful and overwhelming---find a laughing opportunity. It’s like inner jogging. Healthy, fun, and a great stress reliever.
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