It’s that time of the year. People start to do crazy things.
Ok normally sane people start to do crazy things.
What sane person, on an extra day off of work, decides to get up early, throws a 15 lb turkey in the sink, starts pulling out all kinds nasty stuff out of it, so they can then put bread filling into it, pop it in the oven…. Thus starts the day of Thanksgiving for many people. Yes, I have had to get up on occasion to help with the turkey. Then the preparation of everything else that goes into this special meal….. that may last 30 minutes.
So then after a day of eating way to much, watching football and trying to avoid the cleanup after the meal… People decide yes, it is time to go shopping….
I don’t know about you, but if I have to get up earlier than I do when I go fishing, just to get a special “sale” item…. I think I’ll just pay full price.
To think this is just the kickoff of the “Holiday Season!”
Life just seems to get so busy this time of the year.
This can cause a lot of mental anguish to many people. Why??
I think it really comes down to us forgetting in the busyness of the season all the things we have in our lives. The more distracted we are by the whirlwind of our lives, the harder it is to stay grounded in what is important. Especially the most important thing…… Each other…….
The world tells us that we are all different, unique individuals.
We are, each person different, yet all connected together through our actions. The world tells us we are the most important. If I don’t look out for me, who will?
Yet that is not what the story of the Bible tells us.
As a country founded on Christian principles, why have we spiraled so far from doing what is right?
I think mainly because most “Christians” get it wrong. Somewhere along the path from 1776 to 2014 the church didn’t follow the most important command Jesus gave us.
The three year ministry of Jesus walking the earth was coming to an end. He had gathered together his closest disciples for a last meal, and here is what he tells them…..
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
That is it, right there, a new command. Yet how many times have you experienced a “Christian” not loving another “Christian.” I’m as guilty as the next person. It can be hard to love people.
How different would our world be if we had just gotten this “new” commandment right. If most of us people going to church actually lived this commandment out? How do you think the early church survived and Christianity spread?
Maybe because they lived this commandment.
So be sure you are thankful for what is most important. Each Other!
Love each other. After all, it is what Jesus commands us to do.