Christmas time is such a fun season. As they say in the musical Scrooged, it is indeed 'the most wonderful time of the year.' It's a beautiful time of sober reflection on the birth of Savior of the World. Yes, there are gifts, decorations and family traditions to uphold. But we also rejoice knowing that God always had a plan, before the world began, to reconcile us back to Himself. He loved us so much and couldn't imagine eternity without us. So He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the ultimate sacrifice. He died a torturous, cruel death on a shameful cross; paving the way for those who would believe on His name to be saved from the wrath of God to come and to live with Him forever.
It's also a time of great food, family, friends and life-giving fellowship. But there are some who view this upcoming season with dread. Maybe they have lost a grandma, parent, best friend or a spouse earlier this year; and this Christmas marks the first holiday season without them. Can you imagine what they might be going through? Take time to pray today and ask the Lord to bring to mind people in your circle of friends who may be struggling with loneliness and heavy hearts. Invite them to hang out with your family or invite them to a company party. You never know how much that will mean to them in breaking up the debilitating loneliness that may overwhelm them during this season.
And if you are struggling with loneliness this season, know this: God Has A Plan For You. He has not given up on you nor has He forsaken you. In Jeremiah 29:11 states, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Psalm 56:8 states, "You keep track of all of my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." What a blessing to know that the God of the universe has counted every tear you have ever cried and keeps track of all of your sorrows. We serve a God who loves us and is concerned about those things which concern us. He draws close to the brokenhearted.
1. Join a great, Bible-believing church in your area.
2. Join a ministry to serve others. It is only when we begin serving that we see growth and connection with others. Many times when I have felt horrible about my plight in life and asked the Lord for help, He has always sent me out to serve others. Giving others what you feel you don't have breaks that victim mentality.
3. Join a LifeGroup. (They may call it something different at your church but join any small Bible Study in your area. It's a great place to make new friends, to belong, to be accountable and receive prayer for your life.
And if you in the Long Beach area and are ever in need of a great church home, here are a few in our area:
The Rock Anaheim- www.gototherock.com
Online Bible Resources:
I love you with the love of the Lord,
One of my favorite movies of all time is Titanic starring Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio.
I think when it debuted in the movie theater, I PAID to see it about 7 times!
I was fascinated with this movie for so many reasons;
Are you the coward ready to run and hide? Stepping on the backs and necks of others to save yourself?
Do you forget the gentleman’s code and push the women and children aside for a seat on one of the last, remaining lifeboats?
Or are you the hero? Rescuing and defending the helpless? Using your wit, intellect and every God-given gift to save as many as possible?
One of the most haunting images in the movie was of the small band of musicians standing on the sinking ship’s deck. They were probably hired to entertain the wealthy passengers. However, mad chaos ensued as the passengers realized that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone to be saved. Amid the fights, shootings and the manipulations, the musicians quietly took it all in. Knowing that they were at the end of their lives, they made an honorable choice. Without so much as a word or discussion between them, they decided to do what they had been sent there to do…and play. They played one, last haunting song. It was said, from those who survived the Titanic, that these musicians played until the sinking ship went down.
When the dust settles and stories are told, don’t we all want to be discovered being the honorable one?
In the moment of your toughest trials, wouldn’t it be awesome for the story of your life to be that you were pulling as many people from the fiery, burning, sinking wreckage as possible? Don’t you want to be caught operating in your gift until your last breath and the Lord calls us home?
You may think such extreme circumstances may never happen. But, whether you know it or not, the End Times are here. Christians are being beheaded and slaughtered by the thousands around the world. The earth is groaning under the weight of the earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars. Jesus is coming back soon.
My question to you is, “How will the Lord find you in this trying time?”
Will you keep your faith in Jesus Christ hidden? Or will you be found pulling as many souls from the fiery pits of hell by using your gifts of preaching, teaching, sharing, singing, dancing, writing, creating and loving for the Lord?
This is not the time to be afraid. Until your last breath, inhale and accept the Lord’s Call. Did He call you to dance? Then dance for Him. SIng? Act? Write? Paint? Then do it all for His Glory...and do it now.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ~Joshua 1:9
Dancing In His Palm,