Festive Stress

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34

During the Holiday season, more than ever, you see people running around looking to buy presents, the perfect outfit or get the ham or turkey for dinner. But amidst all this chaos, do you ever stop to think “Does God really want things this way? “

Recently the New York post printed an article about “Festive Stress”. Instead of most people enjoying Christmas and reflecting on the birth of Christ, most people spend the holiday stressed out trying to outperform one another. What happened? Why did the world get this way?

When you put material objects ahead of God this is what happens. Money and possessions become a form of “Idolatry”, where people are concerned more getting new stuff than serving God. As Jesus taught us, God already knows our needs. We need to trust in him to provide and he will. Do we really need all the excessive presents and food during the holidays? Of course not!

Jesus taught us not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough problems of its own! When we look to far in the future, we miss out on the blessings of today. We can’t take any way for granted, we need to stop and reflect on each day and thank God for his blessings.

Seek Gods kingdom and righteousness which is eternal in Jesus Name Amen!


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