The pastor and author Warren Wiersbe has remarked that “the trouble with too many of us is that we think God called us to be manufacturers when He really called us to be distributors.” He was making the point that all too often we begin to think that everything depends on US!
Particularly during the holiday season, we are burdened with expectations (some self-imposed) and lots of comparisons. We worry that our home doesn’t sparkle like all the others on the street. We fret that our holiday meals won’t match our mother-in-law’s gourmet feasts. We fear that the gifts we can give are inadequate.
When we cave into that kind of senseless stress, we have forgotten that God wants us to have a simple Christmas, with a focus on Him and the scriptures.
Oh, just like Chet shared on Sunday, it’s fine to decorate our homes. It okay to spend time planning for the holiday meals. And it’s appropriate to consider the kinds of gifts we want to give…to a point.
God has not called us to dredge up the energy, resources, and talents necessary to do His work. He has called us to represent Him. He has called us to pass along the grace that He has provided. He has called us to exemplify His character.
So, for the next few weeks, let’s all focus less on our own abilities and resources. Let’s play “hot potato” with His blessings and generously pass them along.
Instead of focusing on the state of our decorations, how about we visit someone who can no longer get up on a ladder and help decorate their place? How about fixing a simple meal and dropping it off at a friend’s house, giving a newborn’s mom the night off?
All of those ideas (and dozens of others I know we can all think of) would help us remember that Jesus really is the reason for the season, and it is His resources that sustain our world. We are distributors of His love. It is supposed to flow through us like a torrent, not a trickling brook.
With that kind of mindset, the holidays are so much more meaningful. What we have, we gladly share. What we know, we pass along. And for what He has blessed us with, we say, “Thank you!”
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.