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Morning Coffee with Jesus - December 1, 2009
Hello loved ones.
Today’s “Morning Coffee with Jesus” comes from Ephesians 1:3. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings."
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I became caught up in the “Black Friday” shopping madness that traditionally kicks off the Christmas shopping season. In previous years, I would have been at my choice-picked stores at 4:00 a.m. Call it wisdom, call it growing older, call it just being too tired – I simply didn’t care to do that this year. I just don’t want to be caught up in busyness and fail to recognize the peace and goodwill towards men which I’d much rather embrace. I desire to experience, in a very deep way, the elements of happiness this Christmas season.
The elements of happiness - faith, hope, love depend on the action of many wills, and on the purity of many hearts – first and foremost, my own. As God shows me, more and more, that Christmas isn't about “stuff” I experience a greater sense of freedom that enables me to celebrate the season at a deeper level.
But always nipping at my heels are the attitudes and actions of this culture. It is always before me, always reminding me, always pulling me to turn my eyes towards what the world sees as "happiness." Instead, as I look to God, I recognize that while “things” will wear out, break, or become replaced by new technology, God’s love for me will never wear out, break, or be replaced by new technology. My happiness comes from the deep-seated joy of knowing that I belong to Christ and there is NOTHING anyone can do or say to me that will cause that to change. Because it is a relationship, I need to pursue that relationship with Christ as a means of preservation, but it is so much more than that.
God gives each of us unlimited power through Christ to the means of preservation, of grace and spiritual and emotional growth. Through the reading of God’s word and prayer, preservation and growth occur.
As we draw closer to closing another chapter in life, recognize that the reason for the season is freedom – freedom that became available to us with the birth, death, and resurrection of our Savior. It is about letting go, turning away, turning towards, and perseverance. It is about not only seeking, but also finding.
Have an awesome day in Jesus! Go MAD in someone’s life today!