Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Gift of Christ-Mass


Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 (msg) Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don't skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love Each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God's gift. It's all you get in exchange For the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one!

All of the gifts are wrapped...except mine! Larry will do those whenever he wants. After making supper tonight and eating together, I decided to wrap everything left til' I was done while the guys were cleaning the kitchen. I got it all done and feel so much better. I do have some more things to buy for Jordan and Larry tomorrow, but I will come right home and wrap those and be done, done, done, done, done. Yee-ha!!! I love Christmas time, but I do stress a little bit until all the preparations are done. I'm just a "list" type person who has a little angst until everything is checked off of the list.  But despite that I do want to do as this scripture says about seizing life...taking pleasure in it...dressing festively (I like that part!)...and not skimping on colors and scarves (hey, goes right along with my philosophy that a person's least favorite color should be beige!!!) And relishing the spouse I love (I really like that one!) Yes, every day IS God's gift.  Today was a time of getting stuff done in preparation for time off. The price of time off is working real hard beforehand. I never did get all my work done today, and had to do more tonight as far as preparing a teaching, a power point presentation, and now I think I am all set for my down time! I will take the computer w/me on vacation to use in the car. I think very well there and write many of my messages, articles, and even books in the car on long trips. I usually do a major project or edit every time we go to Ft. Lauderdale. I am able to shut everything out in the car (I wear headphones if I have to) and I just block everything out, get out my Bible, get in the zone, and start creating under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Although I write on the computer in the car while on vacation I always make a point not to actually work once we get there, and enjoy the time off, for my sake, my marriage sake, and my family's sake.  We had a talk tonight at the dinner table about Christmas and the real meaning of it. Everyone needs to be reminded time and again of the real meaning of Christmas. Yesterday when talking to Rob Schenck, he said to me, "Merry Christ-Mass." I said, "to you too!" and he said that he has to say that to remind everyone around him there on Capitol Hill what the celebration is all about. They say to him, "What? What's that?" And he says, "Why do you think it's called Christmas? Because it's "Christ-Mass." Now if I can only get the kids to remember that as well.



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