Hello, friends! If you’re joining us from Moody’s Midday Connection, welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by!
(For the regulars, I’m going to be/was on the radio today–November 4–at 12:00pm Central–1:00pm EST. If that’s now, you can listen to the show here live. If it’s over, you’ll be able to listen once they put the link online.)
I’m actually writing this post at 7:00 on Sunday evening, so there’s no telling what all we talked about on the show. I’m going to trust God answered my prayers and that the Spirit was leading our discussion the entire time.
One thing I love about writing (as opposed to speaking) is that I can sit here alone at my keyboard and work on the words until they sound just right. I can stop and look things up in my Bible or online or in some random notebook. I can gather my thoughts and make them sound all flow-y or quippy or whatever effect I’m going for at the time. If I forget something important, I can go back and add it in, and no one’s the wiser.
(These four cuties gave me a no-grumbling family photo shoot for my b-day this weekend. See more pics here.)
I hope my words on the radio today were loving and full of grace (that’s what I prayed for). I hope you felt a gentle nudge of conviction but no waves of shame or guilt or anything like that. I hope you felt uplifted and inspired to let the Spirit lead you this holiday season, to let go of all that our culture has ingrained in us over these many years.
I hope you’ve made plans to ask God what he wants this Christmas to look like for you and your family.
And hopefully I made it clear that this isn’t about insisting that people in stores wish me Merry Christmas (instead of Happy Holidays) and give Baby Jesus equal time with Santa or any of that.
It kind of all just boils down to Matthew 25:40 where King Jesus says, “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”
If Christmas for a Christian is really supposed to be about celebrating Jesus’ birthday, then shouldn’t we be asking Jesus what he wants?
And didn’t he already tell us what the equivalent of giving him a gift would be?
Is it the hustle and bustle and spending and more spending and rushing and wrapping and stressing and spending–and then tossing some sort of Advent box or Jesse Tree into the mix, making Jesus a cake, and calling it a day?
Or did he have something different in mind?
Like caring for the least of these.
I’ll be back tomorrow with Skipping Christmas, Part 2 (once I know what I said on the air and what I’d to explore further). Feel free to ask me anything in the comments that you’d like to know more about.
In the meantime, I’m pretty sure I promised y’all a FREE E-BOOK.
Just leave a comment letting me know which one you’d like, and I’ll e-mail it to you within the next day or so. Your choices are:
Once Upon the Internet (the true story of our 52 zoos in 52 weeks adventure where we stayed with strangers who became friends).
The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky (yep, just what it sounds like).
The Wife Life (geared toward young-marrieds but a fun read for a wife of any age).
We Dream of Cambodia (my newest e-book that actually hasn’t been released yet–all about our trips to Cambodia and the people we fell in love with there).
And 5 lucky winners will receive a FREE COPY of ALL 4 E-BOOKS OR a copy of Deepening the Soul for Justice OR a copy of The Exodus Road (2 great books that hopefully I had a chance to mention on the show).
See you back here tomorrow! (I’ll be sharing lots of ideas for giving gifts that make a real difference in the life of the person you bought it FOR and the person you bought it FROM.)