Hoping all of you have the most amazing Christmas. I’ve been thinking alot about how to spend the next week or so. Sure, we’ll have a great service tonight in the snow (I’m so grateful for this opportunity), we’ll have some parties with friends and family, spend a great family day tomorrow and Boxing Day, …but I always see this past week of the year and the first week of the new year as a "reforming" time in my life. A chance to think, pray and ponder.
What I want most this Christmas, honestly, is a deeper intimacy with Christ. The fall has been crazy busy, and my soul is feeling like it’s time to drink deeply of God. I blogged about switching my devotion plan last week, and that’s been refreshing. But I also deeply want to renew my prayer life. I want to go to another level — a depth, that maybe I’ve never experienced. I hope to wake up every day for the next few weeks and begin again with some real prayer…a searching of my soul and God’s heart.
Before I pick up the next round of management/leadership books that are so popular with us church planting pastors, I’m going to read a classic or two on subjects as weird as humility.
I think if I do this, I’ll be a better man, a better husband, a better father, and maybe even a better pastor and leader. When I start my days deeply in God, I just do better in life.
So that’s my Christmas holiday. I hope you get some time this season too, and I really pray you find a rich reward with God as your biggest treasure this season. Let’s pray for each other. Not sure how often I’ll surface on the blog over the next week, but I can tell you this, time away with God always makes whatever you want to talk about next actually worth talking about. All the nonsense is mine — anything worth taking away is God’s.
Wishing you all the best, and every good thing from God…..