Holiday Stress

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil

Ephesians 5:15-16

The holidays are just around the corner, and I’m looking forward to the festivities while at the same time bracing for the stressful moments that can so easily zap the joy right out of the season. With everything happening – finals, holiday events, work, travel, shopping, wrapping, menu planning – and whatever else, how do you live ‘as wise,’ making the most of every opportunity? How do you pack your days to full, but not overflowing?

Making each moment count begins with realizing that our lives are not our own but gifts from God. Do you honestly think of your life that way?  Do you think of your life as something that is not your own?

As we approach the end of 2013 at breakneck speed, let’s not neglect the God who has sustained our lives to this moment. The busier your day, the more time should be spent on your knees gaining intimacy with your Savior. Let Him shoulder your worries and cares, let Him guide you along paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. It will focus you, recharge your spirit and change your attitude.

When we give ourselves over to Him by taking the time to serve others and live out our faith, even ordinary days become refreshing. Busyness joins with purpose; and peace overflows from the heart. We go beyond just managing the stress, and live out the purpose that we were created for.

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