Each year during the Christmas season people may feel pressure to do things bigger and better than before — more gifts, more decorations, more parties — keeping them busy, overburdened and missing the true meaning of Christmas. This holiday season, Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren shares in a column posted on pastors.com three simple concepts to help Christians stay focused on what’s really important. Below is a summary of the column.
1. Keep it Simple
You don’t have to spend your holiday participating in grand, impersonal, events and activities in order to feel fulfilled. Rather, Pastor Warren encourages Christians to engage in activities that enable personal interaction and service, such as feeding the hungry, or providing support for needy single parents. Personal interaction has been key for Saddleback’s 20,000 members. ” … We’ve found that the larger we grow, the smaller we must become,” says Warren.
While planning your holiday, keep in mind that some of the best laid plans don’t pan out, Pastor Warren reminds readers, as indicated in the Scripture, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Prov. 19:21 NIV).”
2. Be There
It’s hard to demonstrate love if you’re not there.
Warren writes, “We give love to people at Christmas when we show up in their lives, serving and celebrating in the name of Jesus (1 John 4:7-9).”
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