One of the most challenging legacies to communicate to our children is how to model and share how God brings troubles in our lives to test our faith and build endurance and more joy. What an irony that is for someone who does not believe. Joy from trouble? Joy from pain? Children are prone to push back on that type of lesson unless they understand what Jesus is trying to teach us.
As I begin the new year, I set a number of goals for the year for my business and family life. One of the goals is to to share good things with my grown adult kids. They are millenials and that creates a particularly difficult challenge. They don’t accept all that I say about my faith nor do they see the Bible as fact. I am sure this challenge is not just mine. Do any of you have the same challenges?
With Christmas clearly in the rear-view mirror, do you ever wonder whether you could take the joy of Christmas through January? Christmas and the preparation for Christmas, in so many ways, is like a departure from reality. When reality hits in January there is bound to be a let-down.
As I start a new year, I long for simplicity. The past two years have been very complicated and stressful and in so many ways empty. It is said that evil and lies are complex and goodness simplicity. I want to live the good life of simplicity and love. Jesus taught us simplicity. The Pharisees lived by innumerable taboos, regulations, and laws…hundreds of laws. Jesus reduced the hundreds of laws to two: love God and love all mankind. Wow! How simple!
I had one of the best Christmases that I can remember, and it wasn’t perfect. Yet it was joyful and complete and fulfilling. I can remember so many years when Christmas was a nightmare and drudgery and at times so very sad. I can remember in the past 9 years how little I looked forward to Christmas and how I feared what would happen. So, what was different about this Christmas and why could I not see the joy in Christmas as a Christian for so many years?