Christmas Gift – Jesus’ Advice to Get Unstuck

This week, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you’re not careful, it can be easy to miss that fact in the midst of all the shopping, parties and gift giving.  But we can’t miss it. And we can’t miss the many gifts He gave to us during the 33 years He purposefully walked the earth.  His mission statement can be found in John 10:10:  “I have come that they might have life, and life more abundantly.”  So, in celebration of CHRISTmas, rather than sharing my own words of inspiration. I’d like to share some words of wisdom from the greatest life coach ever – words that came directly from the mouth of Jesus himself – words that can help you get unstuck and be unstoppable, if you follow them.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

1.      Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  – Matthew 5:16

The recent tragedies in America are somber reminders of the darkness that exists in our world.  We must not forget that each of us can be a light. Now, more than ever, the world needs your light to shine – through the love you show and the gifts your share.  Don’t hide your light . Don’t miss the opportunity to be a blessing. This Christmas, be less concerned about what you get and more concerned about what you give. Let your light shine.  When you love others, they get a glimpse of God.

2.      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  – Matthew 11:28

Few things make it harder to get unstuck and be unstoppable than exhaustion. If you are worn out or becoming burned out, maybe you need some rest.  You can become burned out chasing goals.  In fact, research shows that we deplete our energy while reaching a goal.  It is important to replenish that energy before moving on to the next goal.  But when you shift into overdrive, racing from one achievement to the next, it is often fear that drives you.  Stop. Rest. Worship.  Let God refill your tank.

 

3.      “If you have faith and do not doubt … you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive what you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:21-22

Fear is the obstacle that gets us stuck.  Faith is the antidote.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). You have to believe it before you see it – that’s the key to getting unstuck. Have a vision for where you are going – and believe so strong in it that you move towards it even though you can only see the vision in your imagination.  That’s how you bring your vision to fruition.  You must believe and not doubt.  As we move into a new year, what hope do you need to rekindle?  Ask for it in prayer.  Believe and don’t doubt. If you do, you will take action in synch with divine orchestration and see your vision come to life.

My challenge to you:

Honor Jesus’ birthday by talking to Him (through prayer) and letting Him talk to you (by reading His word).

Journaling assignment:

What will you do this Christmas to let your light shine?  What burden do you need to surrender to God?

What have you asked for in prayer, but doubted you will receive? What will you do to strengthen your belief that you can receive it? Leave your comments below; I’d love to hear from you!

 

May you and your family have a blessed and beautiful Christmas!

Happy for the Holidays: 7 Ways to Savor the Season!

The holidays can go by very quickly, and if you’re not intentional, it’s easy not to make the most of the season. Research shows that “savoring,” intentionally living in the moment and noticing good things as they happen, creates positive emotion that can improve your health, happiness and relationships. So this year, savor the season! Here are seven ways to do just that:

1. Make decorating the tree an event, not a chore.
Create a meaningful, memorable tradition out of decorating the Christmas tree. Get the whole family involved. If you live alone, invite others over to take part. Turn on the Christmas music, cook or order in, have some hot chocolate, and take pictures. Have fun.

2. Give Christmas cards in person.
Now, this one is hard if you have 100 people on your list. So choose just a few people to hand deliver cards to. Drop by for a quick visit. It’s a great way to reconnect and adds a personal touch. With so many cards pre-printed with no personal acknowledgment inside, personally signing and delivering a card will make it heartfelt for the recipient.

3. Kiss under the mistletoe.

There are few better ways to savor than a sweet kiss!

4. Go Christmas caroling.
If you really want to get into the spirit, start singing. Whether it’s singing Christmas carols in your own neighborhood, at church or to the elderly at a local nursing home, the camaraderie and fellowship are a great way to savor the season.

5. Play Christmas music.
This is an easy one. Grab your favorite Christmas CD – is it the Temptations? Nat King Cole? Mariah Carey? – and enjoy the music. There’s no other time of year to listen to it, so between now and December 25th, play away!

6. Have a get together.
Celebrate the season with a get-together.
Whether it’s just three or four friends for coffee and conversation, or a Christmas party for 50, get together with the people you care about.

7. Worship on Christmas
In the midst of all the shopping and parties and gift giving, it’s all too easy to forget the reason for the season. Savor the season by going to worship services on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or having your own sacred time at home.

My challenge to you this week:
Savor the season. From now until Christmas Day, commit to accomplishing at least 3 of the steps above.

Coaching question:
What will you do to ensure that you are able to enjoy the holiday season with those you love? Leave your comments below; I’d love to hear from you!