This week marks the beginning of the Advent season. Derived from the Latin word adventus which means coming, the next weeks are spent in anticipation of commemoration of the birth of the Messiah. As Christians we also wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth. As we await Christmas and His second coming we have an opportunity especially in this Advent season to ‘start again’ as His mercies are new every morning.
Three Steps to Walk Lighter This Month:
The weeks before Christmas in our society can be wrought
Troubled by something? Run it past these criteria:
1) Would you feel comfortable discussing it with Jesus? If not, decide to let it go. Often, we ruminate over very inconsequential issues in the scheme of all things. Therefore, they are probably not things you would even want to share with the Lord. He knows anyway.
2) Does this issue have any eternal implications? If not, walk away. Release it. It is not worth your time, energy, or potential anxiety. Perhaps this is just a refining moment to grow you and move you forward. How you handle a situation will have
Do you ever find yourself in a situation that leads you to spiral down a negative path in your mind? Do your thoughts swirl so swiftly that you can relate to the term, “head spinning?” You may even find yourself directing all your undesirable energy toward a person whom you feel to be responsible for the situation or irresponsible in their part in it. Often, this can lead to full blown anxiety.
Does any of this sound familiar? I know that I can quite easily go down a path of rumination at such a rapid pace that I am not
How do you see your life-intrinsically good or bad? Are you a victim? Do you overthink things? I know I do at times.
In the end, God is in control. You can decide to do it your way but I have found that does not always end well. Rather than looking at all that may be wrong, start focusing on all that may be right in your life.
Live by God’s moral code. Be thankful. Stop complaining and ruminating about things you cannot change. Change the things you can beginning with your focus and attitude!
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.