OK! It’s Crunch Time! Joy, Joy, Joy!

Don’t worry, be happy! Our culture has concocted all this hoopla! The fresh smell of pine and chestnuts roasting on the fire have become symbols of the good life! Yet this is the time of the year you see people who are tired, stressed and maybe a tad bit isolated. Even gift-giving frenzy has moved to a new level. We get daily reports of how the sales are going and influencing the economy. If you haven’t found the right gift or have to spend a lot of money to get it right, stop! Think about it!

I have talked to several wonderful people this week about “purpose” in life and what it is. It is a funny thing these same people are some of the most purposeful people I know. They have so blessed my life in so many ways and they will continue to do so forever. I am surrounded by some of the most enjoyable people and family to be around. They all love God, they don’t limit Him; they think outside the box. They just know the moment to call, or post a link on Facebook or throw a snowball on Farmville! They invite me to Starbucks, shopping or quote Kenyon to me. They send notes about what  friendship means. They listen to me when I am excited about something and add their own excitement. They help me figure out plans for the holidays. They tell  the truth and love in the best way possible. These are the greatest gifts.

Ok,  Jesus Christ was actually born on September 11, 3 BC. It was in December the magi visited. Those are true points. What he brought was his purpose in life and is the most important point to get. He said it himself:

John 10:10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

We can abundantly live blessing others in the most significant ways, just being who God called us to be and not being afraid that we are doing something wrong.  In Micah 6:6-8, God says:

Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Now that is purpose!

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