The angel said to the shepherds that beautiful night,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest..." As your preparing for your Thanksgiving meal and planning out your Black Friday shopping, I'd like you to keep these words on the forefront of your mind this holiday season. This year ask God how you can thank Him. How can you thank Him for wrapping up His Son and giving Him to us. How would He like His glory to shine through you? We all have hidden talents and special uses, seek what that is in you and use it for His glory.
"...and on earth peace..." Secondly we are to keep peace with those around us. Not worrying so much globally but starting with individually. This means family and friends as well as the people you're rushing against for the toys your children so desperately don't need. This means your co-workers and all those who oppose saying 'Merry Christmas!' If you're truly seeking to glorify God this year, then this one should follow right in suit.
"...goodwill toward men." Lastly comes goodwill toward men. Goodwill- benevolance, an act of kindness, charity given. For some reason this one has become our focus our number one... maybe this one is easier to do than the first too?? Our gifts, holiday shopping, charity boxes, dinner parties, Christmas plays, and all the other distractions we can think of, should all still come in third. Glorify God first. Is what your spending your money/time/engery/thoughts on this year bringing God any glory or thanks?
Christmas, to many of us, is about creating memories for our children, for our families. I want my children to see me happily buying gifts, or happily making a meal for a family, happily going to the nursing home to sing christmas carols, or happily taking them to see christmas lights. Its our attitude that brings God glory. So maybe this year, try to whistle while you work; if you hate shopping then seek another way to bring someone a gift. Maybe your an artist or an amateur photographer, a baker or perhaps a writer, reguardless of your talent, keep your heart happy and turned in thanks to The Lord our God for the greatest gift imaginable.
Merry Christmas and may your days of shopping be full of whistling :)