Tightening My Belt Heading Into the Holidays
What I dread most about this time of the year is not the holiday, but rather, the consequences of eating too much, so this year, I am going to try something different.
Instead of dieting after the upcoming six-week celebration of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, I’m going to try to eat less in the days leading up to these holidays. We’ll see how it goes, but it’s worth a try.
Likewise, I am going to trim a little of the fat from our weekly Nutshell missive. I’ve come to the conclusion that 500 words may be too much for your busy schedules, so by cutting back to about 300 words, I can streamline the message and give you more time for other activities during the holidays and beyond.
The Bible suggests that less is more in a number of passages, including the call to store up our treasures in heaven and not on earth and the bold suggestion to sell all that we have and follow Jesus. Material things are nice, but too much of a good thing can be distracting and interfere with our relationship with the Lord.
The old saying that “you can’t take it with you” rings true for all of us. True, the wealth we leave behind can be of value to our heirs, but far more important are the examples and lessons we shared with them over the years.
Oh, and speaking of food, we will have our monthly Fellowship Dinner after the service this Sunday, so we can put off our “dieting” for another week. If you are able to bring a side dish or dessert to share, that would be great. Also, after the dinner, we will begin decorating the church for Christmas, and we would love to have you join us for that as well.
Until We Meet Again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John