What’s Really Important?

December 24, 2010

in the generous life

Christmas is nearly here and most of us have holiday bits and pieces to deal with (there may actually be some significant jobs to be taken care of as well).  Find (make) a few moments to be alone, settle yourself and ask yourself, “What’s really important?”  Be willing to set down the good and the “it would be nice” to take care of the genuinely important stuff.  (Just so you know: having every perfectly neat and clean is not important, having the best dessert at the family gathering is not important, and trying to satisfy people who can’t be satisfied is a waste of time (so forget trying to get the perfect gift for Uncle Clive, it will never happen, just buy something reasonable and move on)).

What is the holiday really about and what message do you want to give to those around you? (And don’t forget to take care of yourself a bit as well, take a 15 minute rest, kiss your husband under the mistletoe, count your blessings.)

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.   Andy Rooney

Be generous!  Lori <><

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Amy December 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

8am Christmas Eve day. My daughter just arrived yesterday tired and with a cold. My husband is exhausted from fighting a cold he’s had since Thanksgiving! My inlaws are having troubles and have now split one Christmas into two. My daughter’s stay is much shorter this year than usual, so, of course, *this* is the year her father (my ex-husband) decides he wants to see her too! So, off she will go later today to spend a bit of time with him. I’m feeling very “squished” to get it all in and everyone is tired and moving very slowly (of course I am the only one up and awake at the moment). *My* stuff is done, but I need to spend the day helping everyone else get their last minute Christmas together. I also have a VERY hard to please relative – my father’s wife. My own Mom passed away a few years ago and Dad re-married quickly. We tolerate each other. ;-) I spend every holiday focused on trying to make her happy and recently I realized that’s just NOT going to happen. This morning, as I poured my coffee, I reminded myself that this is the celebration of the Birthday of Our Lord. I need to stay focused on Him as much as possible and do my very best to take the next couple of days just a moment at a time, enjoying each for what it is. That is hard, but with God’s Grace, I can at least approach it, I think. I REALLY needed to see this. Thank You – and I hope everyone on this list has a very Blessed and Merry Christmas.

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Debi Walter - The Romantic Vineyard December 24, 2010 at 8:54 am

Merry Christmas, Lori! Tom and I are grateful we have come to know you and Paul this past year. May the Lord richly bless you this Christmas and in the year to come. Be sure to check out our blog today for a very special gift to you!

Blessings – Debi

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The Generous Wife December 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

@Debi Thanks so much for sharing that sweet musical gift. Lori

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Happy Home Fairy December 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

I sooo needed to read this today. Thank you, Lori! God bless you!

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The Generous Wife December 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

@ Amy & HHF That’s really what I’m talking about. Life never happens neatly (I have my own crazy day in the making, my husband is working in the kitchen as I type, always a “creative” thing), but you can focus in on the important stuff and enjoy the Lord and all the great people and goodness He puts in your life. Lori

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Patty December 25, 2010 at 6:38 am

Lori,
These are fabulous reminders…I’m going to save a copy for future reference.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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