Dec 05 2011

The Imperfect Christmas Card

It’s the only time of the year that your mailbox is full of something other than junk mail and bills, but hand addressed letters from family and friends.

Maybe you have this experience too this time of year…You go to your mailbox and get all the Christmas cards, open them up, and enjoy the smiling faces of families on those photo cards…and you read their perfect letter of all their perfect activities, and your heart sinks a bit when you think of your imperfect life.

Maybe someone is missing from your family photo this year.  Went online last night on one of those photo card sites to make our card, and got stuck when on the form to fill out, where it said “Family Name”.  As a single parent now, didn’t know what family name to put in that blank…so I put all our first names…and they didn’t fit…so I just chose another design. 

Maybe you’re experiencing something like that too this year and sending out a Christmas Card with someone missing seems like a statement on how things aren’t perfect.  Who cares!

Heard this at church yesterday, “Don’t complain about what’s not happening right in your life, but rejoice for what is happening that’s right.”

Sure you could find something.  Plus all those other perfect Christmas cards and letters you’re getting…their not really perfect either.

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Dec 03 2011

Born to Stand Out

You know how it seems your favorite TV shows are all pre-empted for Christmas specials that you’ve seen a-thousand times…

Last night flipping through the channels to find something different and stumbled on one of those cheesy princess movies “What a Girl Wants” made for tween girls.

There was the scene where the commoner boy said to the young girl who just discovered she’s royalty…but didn’t feel like she fit into the world of prim and proper.  He said: 

“Why try so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out.”

Maybe you have felt that way too.   You’re trying so hard to fit into a world that you don’t agree with. 

You can melt under the pressure, or you can stand out and be a person with conviction and a backbone. Stand up for what is right, make decisions that honor God.  That’s what you were born to do.    The Easy thing…not always the right thing.  Never is.

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