NOTE FROM CHUCK
STOP DOING CHRISTMAS!
One of the most common questions asked during this season is “What are you doing for Christmas?” It’s a good question to show that you are interested in others’ lives, where they are going and what they are doing. What can happen during this season is that’s all we do is “do Christmas”. We shop, we go to parties, family gatherings, trips, and give our kids great experiences. No wonder the news report I saw this week said 88% of people feel stressed out during the holidays.
Now to be fair, none of those things are bad and many are fun and awesome. What can happen is we “do Christmas” and forget why Christ came in the first place. Christ entered our world, so He could do all that is necessary for us to be pleasing to God through His life, death and resurrection. Christ was changing our relationship with God so that it would not be about what we “do” for God, but about what Christ has “done” for us! Friends, let us not lose the “done” work of Christ, as we “do Christmas”!
I don’t think the answer is to stop celebrating Christmas, but rather to adjust some things. Instead of asking the question “What are we doing for Christmas?”, what if we asked, “How are we going to LIVE Christmas? How are we going to live out and celebrate the great news of Christ coming into the world?” These questions might lead you to slow down a little this season. I mean, do we have to go to EVERY Christmas party? Do we have to go to EVERY light event in the city of Houston? What if we created some space and practices to really focus on the coming of Christ? You can still wear the ugly sweater, watch Elf once a week and wonder what “figgy pudding” is; but in the middle of all that, do some intentional things to cause you and your family to focus on living out the reality that Christ has come and changed everything! Perhaps serve a neighbor in some way, read a good Advent devotional or read through a gospel in your New Testament.
There are two ways we can “Live Christmas” together as a church family this season:
Christmas in Fort Bend | December 23 & 24 | 4:00 & 5:30 PM
Our annual Christmas Eve services where we invite everyone we know to join us in celebrating Christ coming into the world. Since the coming of Christ is “good news of great joy for all the people” we use these services to invite “all the people”. You still have time to invite friends and family to celebrate Christmas with us! We’ll have treats and photo ops in the lobby, a short inspiring message, lots of GREAT MUSIC and childcare too (Birth -6th Grade)! Send that e-mail or text, make the call, walk across the street or hall and invite that person to experience Christ this Christmas.
End of Year Offering
For about two decades Kathleen and I have given above and beyond our normal giving at this time of year. There is something about giving that gets my, and I pray my family’s, focus off just buying gifts. It reminds us that God GAVE Christ for us and that is our life and model for living. Giving generously is a great way to “LIVE Christmas” and not just “do Christmas!” Crossbridge is seeking to make the biggest impact with the gospel we can, and our giving adds fuel to our fire for living on mission. You can go here to give this season.
I pray you will have the most joyful, fun, life-giving, peaceful, loving, memorable Christmas ever this year! That this won’t just be another year of “doing Christmas,” but you would actually “LIVE Christmas” this year.
I love you Crossbridge! See-ya Sunday!
P.S. I’ve been loving our “CAROLS” series this season. Wait till you see what our worship team has cooked up for this week! It’s gonna be good! I’ll see you there.