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Less is the new more

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
Zachary Elliot
Pastor Fusion Christian Church

Can you remember what people gave you for Christmas last year? I donít! I canít even remember what gifts I gave my kids or wife last year. Itís not that I have a bad memory; I just donít find my year old stuff to be as exciting as the new stuff. Iím sure you can relate.

Donít you find it funny that we spend so much time thinking about, planning for, and even losing sleep over "things" that a year from now we wonít even care about? I know thatís how all our favorite department stores want it. But it does become a vicious, tiring circle of wanting, receiving and forgettingÖonly to do it all again next year.

I donít think it has to stay this way. We could shift our focus from things that we will probably throw away a year from now to things that will last a little longer- a lot longer! Imagine thatÖand no, Iím not proposing that we buy a better brand or something made in America.

What Iím proposing is that we let God have a little bit more of our Christmas and give ourselves a little bit less. I am a firm believer that "with less of you there is more of God and his rule." (Matthew 5:3)

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as the new iPad you might be getting your 3-year-old. But imagine the possibilities! Now you might be asking, "What possibilities are you talking about?" Well, for starters, how about peace, hope and love? Arenít these the three things that we are really looking for at Christmas time anyway?

You donít have to be a religious person to want peace, hope and love mixed into your life. The problem is, more times than not, we go about finding these things in the wrong wayÖand Iím sure youíve figured out by now that what youíve been trying hasnít been working too well.

So how do we do it? How can we mix in some peace, hope and love into our Christmas this year? Well, the answer to that is by asking Jesus to be the meaning behind your Christmas and your life. Itís really quite simple. We all know that having more stuff doesnít give purpose to our lives because none of it lasts. What we need is something that will last. We need Jesus!

So before you run to the store for more stuff, stop and pray. Ask Jesus to be your more this Christmas. Ask him to be the source of your peace, hope and love. Itís only by surrendering our lives to him that we will find the true meaning of Christmas.



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