Sunday Evening Dec. 18, 2011

Posted by Sherry

COPING WITH CHRISTMAS

CBC 12/18/11 SN

How do we “cope” with the pressure of Christmas?

First - Identify the problem areas

Second - Put these in biblical perspective & follow instruction


IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM AREAS OF CHRISTMAS

  • How do we know there are problems at Christmas?
    • suicide rate goes up
    • unrealistic expectations
    • unimaginable demands
    • depression
    • over-tired
    • dread of another holi....day
  • Three categories
    • money
    • relationships
    • stress
  • These feed off of each other
    • Money - main problem is people living beyond their means & delay facing financial issues till New Year
      • more gifts to buy than money available
      • too many charities (Jesus said, ‘the poor ye have with you always’)
    • Relationships -
      • disappointed expectations
        • material ones
        • whole event didn’t measure up
        • everyone expects me to “FIX IT”...
        • “everyone” is not here!
      • didn’t plan ahead
        • visitation list & transportation
        • adequate space for everyone coming to your house
        • trying to do everything you’re asked to do (impossible sometimes)
        • no “time-out” days (sabbath principle) God took 7th day & rested
      • excessive consumption
        • food & drink is a social function
    • Stress -
      • “year ends”, to complete
      • season’s family & social obligations

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

  • C -Mt 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.]
    • talk to Him about problems & challenges
  • O - Ps 4;5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.
    • righteousness = right acts (do what is right w/ money, relationships & stress)
      • Eat right (stress levels and proper diet are closely related)
  • P - Jn 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
    • Breathe Easy - & take some deep breaths. Holy Spirit is the breath of life.
    • Laugh it Off - Prov. 17:22 A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
    • Sleep enough - Prov 3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
  • E - Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
    • “enter” that’s a verb...get up and do something, “exercise”
    • King Saul Listened to music to relieve his stress

CONCL:

Pleasing God and Keeping your Sanity must take the highest priority

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