The Day After Christmas

by Andy Wood on December 26, 2008

in Exploring the Possibilities, Insight, Life Currency, LV Cycle

This is one of the strangest days of the year.  The Christmas tree is still up, but there are no presents beneath it.  The trips have been made, and people are starting to settle back down to “normal.”  All the cooks have declared a holiday, and the Great Gift Exchange has begun.  And in our culture, we’re preparing for another phenomenon:  the end of one year, and the start of another.

Sort of like they did on the first day after the first Christmas.

Take a look, and maybe we can catch an insight into how we can extend the wonder of the season past all the gifts and food.  And I think we can gain some principles that will also help us prosper in the coming year.

Celebrate

On the day after Christmas, the Shepherds were still celebrating.  They had experienced an unforgettable encounter with God’s purposes, and they had a story to tell.  They went back to shepherding (sorry, no book deals or guest appearances on Oprah).  But they did so with hearts filled with praise for what they had seen and heard.

Want to have a meaningful new year?  Do the same thing.

  • Take some time to ask:  What do I have to celebrate? That’s particularly true at the close of a year in which bucketloads of people have given you reasons to complain or be afraid.  Sure, Thanksgiving’s in the bag for another year.  But the habit of gratitude for what God or others have taught you, shown you, or done for you adds value far beyond the first experience.
  • Then, don’t just reflect – tell somebody.  Who can you share it with?

Seek

On the day after Christmas, the wise men were still seeking.  Matthew’s account of the Christmas story makes it clear it was some time before the wise men arrived in Bethlehem.  They came on a long journey, and they came seeking the baby Jesus.  They weren’t content just to observe a sign in the sky.  They wanted to be involved in what God was doing.  They didn’t have all the details down – but they followed the wisdom they already had.  They journeyed to Jerusalem because they knew the star pointed them to Israel.  And when they got there, they asked for further directions, and it led them to Bethlehem.

If you want to have a meaningful and prosperous new year, do what the wise men did!

  • Don’t be content just to observe what God is doing.  Get in the game!
  • Follow the wisdom you already have.
  • Learn to ask quality questions.

Store

On the day after Christmas, Mary was storing.  More than once the Bible talks about Mary keeping things and pondering them in her heart.  Mary knew how to enjoy even the things she didn’t understand!  And she knew how to take the time to think.  And wonder.

Want to have a meaningful year with the Lord?  Take time to ponder with wonder!  Here are some suggestions:

  • Make a list of 100 wonderful things you want to ask God about when you get to heaven.
  • Make a list of ten things you have seen or heard or felt this past year, and ask the Lord, “What does this mean?”
  • Make a “heart record” of a child who is special to you.  Record your thoughts and insights and questions about that child, and save them for their adult years.

One thing I know about you and me that we have in common.  We have a lot to celebrate.  Much more wisdom and experiences to seek out.  And plenty to ponder with wonder about.  So grab a day-old turkey leg or reheat a sausage biscuit and let’s get started.  It’s the day after Christmas!  We’ve got some opportunities here.

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Mattie December 27, 2008 at 12:43 am

Andy, a great reminder. It’s been such a crazy year, and a crazy few weeks leading up to Christmas, I find myself trying to take time to be thankful…to just “think.” Great post, and great “meeting” you this year in cyberspace! Be blessed, bro!

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