Packed Up And Moving Forward

Shelves of boxes

Christmas is over, the new year is here. Most people have probably already packed up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, taken down their tree and are ready to move forward with the new year.

All those Christmas decorations and ornaments are packed up for another year. They will not be taken out until November or December of this year. They are hidden away in a attic, closet, shed or garage to not be seen until Christmas season arrives again.

During the Christmas season, everyone is quick to talk about the birth of Jesus, about giving and loving others. The focus for many, at least for believers, is why Jesus came to this earth. Churches are often packed out for the Christmas service. People go to Christmas concerts and performances. Radios play songs about the birth of Jesus.

Manger scene

Yet, as soon as Christmas is over and the new year has begun people move on. Very quickly the heart of Christmas is missing. Generosity is forgotten. Joy is gone. Jesus is often put back in a box, packed away until the right season comes along.

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18

Looking back at the time of when Jesus was born, the shepherds were the first ones to learn about His birth. Immediately upon meeting Jesus, they went out and told everyone about what they had seen and learned. They did not pack up Jesus for the next season, but did it immediately.

While the bible does not say anything more about those shepherds, I often wonder if any of those shepherds later followed Jesus. How long did they keep talking about what they had seen?

Shepherd with sheep

I believe that they did not stop any time soon. This was a major event in their life. Think about it, how often do you suddenly see the sky filled with angels to bring you a message from God and you are able to verify the message is true? I have never had that experience.

There are experiences that I have had in my life that occurred 30+ years ago that I still talk about to this day. They had a major impact in my life. I want to continue to remember those experiences and share them with other people.

Drop in water

Trusting that you are a believer, Jesus has impacted your life. There was a point in your life where you chose to believe in Him and it changed your life. Do not stop at that point, keep allowing Jesus to impact your life and share that impact with others.

While Christmas is the season in which we focus on His birth, it does not need to stop there. Many believers are quick to talk about Jesus during the Christmas season, but quickly forget talking about Him after the season. Carry Jesus with you every where you go. Pack up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, but do not pack Jesus up until the next Christmas season or even until the next Sunday morning.

Child walking forward

Move forward in what God has for you, sharing what Jesus has done in you, for you and with you. Be willing to tell the world the good news. The good news of His birth gets better after His death and resurrection. You have great news to share, so go out and share it.

As this new year has begun, find out how you can draw closer to God. Find out how you share Jesus with more people. Do not hide Jesus away so that they world cannot know Him, but allow Him to shine in this dark world through you.

As you move forward in this new year, move forward in His joy, His love, His peace, His comfort, His strength, His life, His ways, His mercy, His grace, His patience, and His salvation given to you.

Asking For Suggestions

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I have been working on writing this blog for several years now and am very pleased with the number of followers. I started off with just writing the daily devotional blog, going through the entire Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter.

Later I added in the Promise of God verses, Give Thanks verses and Memory verses to the blog. On and off throughout the time of doing this blog I have written about some personal experiences, books I have read, and movies I have seen.

The Lord has laid it upon my heart to expand it again in a new direction. I would like to do a specific study on some subject or topic and see what the Bible has to say.

I would like to ask all of my readers what topic they would like to have studied. Are there any questions you may have about the bible, the Christian faith, or just about anything else?

Talking about a topic may be a one time post or one over a series of posts, depending on what the topic is and how much it would take to cover it. I want to keep all of my posts about the same length, around 400-700 words or so. My daily devotional is usually about 400 words in length, to give you an idea of how long that would be. I do not want one post so long it takes forever to read it. If you are anything like me, you don’t have 20 minutes to read one blog.

Doing these topics would only occur as one blog per week and will not replace anything already done on a regular basis. I would probably release them on Monday mornings.

If you have anything you would like to hear about, please like this post and leave a comment below or click on the contact me button and send me a message. I will consider everything and may or may not do it, however, this can give me some inspiration as to what you, my readers, want to hear.

Thank you for your time, your reading, following, and any responses. Have blessed and wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Request For Help

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I normally would never ask for money on this blog, for anyone or anything, however, I feel I need to make this request.

On January 19 of this year, the husband (Brandon) of a daughter (Emily) of a very good friend of ours was hit on a motorcycle by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a stop sign. We have known Emily and her parents since she was just a little child, over 20 years ago. They have been married for a little over 3 years and have an eight month old little boy. They are very active in their church and community.

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Brandon was just a few weeks from graduating fire fighter school, his dream job.

brandon firefighter

 

In the accident, Brandon had to have part of one leg amputated. In addition to that, he has many internal injuries to the spleen, kidneys, vertebrae, and more. He is still in the hospital, stable, but going through a lot of surgeries.

The Columbia Fire Department, in South Carolina, has set up a fund raiser to raise funds to help meet the hospital expenses, and living expenses, since Brandon is unable to work.

Please pray for them and if possible can you help support them financially with anything you can. In this fund raiser, Emily and Brandon will receive 100% of the money that comes in. Neither the fire department or any one else will receive any of this money. Below is the link to support.

Thank you for your support in prayers and finances.

Support Brandon