"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." ... Galations 5:1
So this grey afternoon, I glanced out our windows and saw that one of our neighbors already had a lighted Christmas tree and another had decorated a whole window with colored lights. Christmas decor! On November 16th!
And I loved it.
But oh, Debra of The Old Days would have told Tom over in his recliner, "Can you believe that? It's not even Thanksgiving yet. Why is everyone nowadays in such a hurry? Why can't we just celebrate one holiday at a time?"
Old Debra was a control freak and didn't even realize it. She thought if the world didn't do things the way she did, well, they were making a mistake. They were wrong.
I didn't realize that if I wanted people to respect my freedom to do what I believed best, I first needed to extend that to them. Also, I had to discover that I'm not Queen of the World.
Yet ever since I (finally) allowed God to make a New Debra, one who's learned the value of minding her own business (especially), I've felt freer, lighter and so much happier.
I've felt like it's Christmas all year long.
And so now, the earlier the lights and music and giving begins, the sooner I like it. The sooner I can enjoy, from afar or from across the street, the joyful festivities and be more often reminded of the Reason for the season...
... something ol' Control Freak Debra never really could.
"A man reaps what he sows." ... Galations 6:7
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
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