Those of you who subscribe to this blog know that it is my heart to create environments and resources that help us draw closer to Jesus and others. Often that sounds really good, but living it out? Ahh that’s the tough part!
Someone recently said that January is like the “Monday” of months. It may include the excitement of fresh starts, but also the “Ugh, it’s back to work…” Boy I hear that!
This morning I opened an email from a friend that included this poem.
If you’re like me, you read this and say, “YES! AMEN to that!” It sounds so right, so noble, so inspiring.
But then we ask, “But how? Little ol’ me? How am I going to do that?”
Yes, God may call us to BIG, DRAMATIC actions in order to achieve the work of Christmas and I want to be ready and willing for that.
But for most of us,
- finding the lost may look like greeting a stranger at church
- feeding the hungry may look like preparing care kits for the homeless with fast food gift cards
- releasing the prisoner may look like extending grace to someone who has wronged you
- rebuilding the nations may look like supporting refugees (check out renewproject.org or preemptivelove.org)
- bringing peace among the people may look like reaching out and getting to know someone from a different faith, culture, or political party – asking questions and listening well. Or advocating with your congressperson.
Big or small, may we be open to doing the work of Christmas every day.