1. Crown Christ Lord of your heart during this Christmastime. Jesus have first place in my life -- now and forever.
2. Hang onto the awe. God stepped down into human place and time, took our weaknesses and lived among us.
3. Sing Christmas carols as though only God is watching.
4. Meditate on the Biblical themes of those carols. Example: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly speaks of Jesus stepping down from heaven into our world just like Philippians 2:5-11!
5. Apply the attitudes of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and the other praiseworthy characters of the Christmas story to your life.
6. Serve with joy rather than obligation. For it is God works in you both to will and do for His good pleasure! (Phil 2:13)
7. Give gifts that are more for the other person than for you. Gift giving is not a check list but an opportunity to express love – just like God did for us on the first Christmas.
8. Offer all of yourself not just all of your busyness to Jesus.
9. Engage in a musical retelling of the Christmas story (puppets optional :0) until your soul exclaims with Mary’s: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He Who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name. (Luke 1:46-49)
10. Memorize a new passage of scripture and pray it back to God – what better words to glorify God with than His own!
11. Pray wholeheartedly and purposefully lay aside the decoration, dinner preparations and everything else waiting to be done and focus on Jesus.
12. Purpose not to substitute stuff (choir practice, cookie baking and so on) for daily time with Jesus. Let us not forget, His birth made possible His death, endured so we could have this eternal relationship with God. (Col 1:13-14)
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