Tis the season to be jolly, eh?
I love this time of year. It’s just getting started and already I am filled with joy and expectation. I have so many seasonal favorites.
- Pumpkin anything – food, drinks, candles, etc
- Cool days and downright chilly nights
- Having to dress in layers with fun sweaters and jackets
- The rockin’ bargains and sales
- Those old holiday songs by the dead people
- Christmas shows and specials
- The whole concept of Santa which I really wish was true
- The blue LED lights decorating homes
- The excitement of finding outdoor nativity scenes
- Those yummy treats and foods only cooked and baked this time of year
- Black Friday (actually it’s a love/hate relationship)
Oh my, I could go on for hours! What are some of your favorite seasonal traditions around Thanksgiving and Christmas? I bet you have some good ones…
The point is we all have special things we only do this time of year. My hope, however, is that walking out your faith isn’t one of those things.
I want your relationship with God to be in-season all year around. He wants the same.
Think about this. Do you find your relationship with God to be in-season January through December… or is it only available during the holidays? I wonder if like most things this time of year, it comes out in full force during these next few months… but then goes back into storage once the new year kicks in.
The truth is there is no “off-season” for the Christian. According to 2 Timothy 4:1-8, following Christ is not dependent on:
- Time – we are Christians regardless of the day or time of year
- Place – we love and follow Him no matter where we are
- Weather – we love Him all year around… in all seasons
- Feelings – we love Him regardless of our emotions and feelings
Do you only live your faith out loud during the holiday season? If you do, maybe 2011 is the year you decide to pump up the volume all year long.
Let’s embrace what we’re called to do in Matthew 5:14, which is to be the light of the world…