The house is about to be all abuzz with preparations for tonight’s Christmas party! I mentioned a few days ago that for the last few years, I’ve made it a point to arrange our December calendar with things that bless, not stress. This means evaluating all the activities available for the holiday month: parties, shopping, visiting, caroling, baking, crafting, movie-watching, etc. These are ALL good activities that have the potential to bless…OR stress!
Overcrowding our calendar with blessed events can bring frustration, crankiness, and exhaustion to me and my family, AND to those I’m trying to bless outside the home with my service. I might decide to squeeze in some wonderful act of service to bless a friend or elderly person. But if I blow in at the last minute, rushed and flustered because I’ve just raced from the last event, how does that bless the person? They will most likely sense that I’m stressed and it will NOT make for a sweet visit.
The other day I was talking to one of my daughters about how the Bible speaks to us on “redeeming the time”. You can imagine how excited I was when my daily Bible reading this morning just happpened (not just happened–God appointed) to begin with that very verse!
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Paul continues explaining how we can use that time in service and love towards one another. Redeeming the time simply means to be a good steward of the time God has given me–not giving in to foolish activity that sucks up our precious minutes and is counterproductive, or to doing things just to please men instead of God.
So how do I determine if an activity will be a good use of time? I pray over it, talk with Joel, and ask God to help me arrange my time this busy season. I ask Him to give me clarity in my planning. I let Him lead me to those things that will glorify Him and bless others, and be a blessing to my family!
This party tonight is something that our family is excited about. We’ve been looking forward to it all week, and we hope to bless the families from Joel’s office. We prayed about it and felt it was a good year to do it. We will cut out other activities this year to make this one possible. I will also remember throughout the day, as things don’t go as planned, or we run short on time, to be flexible with my plans and mark anything off the list that is stressing, not blessing! I have to remind myself that in the end we will all be together and enjoying each other’s company. No matter what is served or how the house is decorated, it will still be a party!
Ok, so here I go to get to ready for tonight!!