Let’s play a game, shall we?
I like to call this game “How much time does it take?”.
It’s simple. Here are the rules…Answer the following questions honestly. No cheating or fudging the answers, ok? C’mon, you won’t be judged by anyone but yourself. Ok, here we go…
1. How much time do you spend getting ready for work or school?
2. How much time do you spend getting your kids ready for the day?
3. How much time do you spend on the internet during the day (Social Media included)?
4. How much time do you spend playing games on a computer, phone or tablet?
5. How much time do you spend on your relationship with God?
If you answered these questions honestly, how do you feel? Now please know, I am not judging you as I am not asking for your answer. I will, however, in all transparency, tell you mine. While spending all of my life as a Christian I can tell you that number 5 outweighs the other 4 MOST of the time. Not everyday though. I am still a work in progress.
Welcome to the beginning of Advent. It starts today, November 27th, 2016 and ends on Saturday, December 24th. Advent is the season of preparation leading to the celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s birth. The day in which God himself took on our flesh to begin his own preparation in suffering death for our sins. He was crucified, died, and buried until he rose again and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Now, the preparation for us has begun.
Preparation for what? Black Friday sales? A new President? Bills? A job we have to go to? Worrying about how many likes our latest selfie gets? Preparation for his coming again.
Use this Advent season for preparation. Let’s prepare ourselves. Let’s join together and assist one another in preparing our hearts for Jesus. His lives in my life and my heart but it is not always favorable living conditions. If you have a house guest who has stayed with you for more than a couple of days, wouldn’t you take time everyday to pick up a little? Spruce up the place, and come out of the Advent season better prepared for the creator of Heaven and Earth, and you and me. Take that 5th question you answered above and give it more importance than the other 4 combined. Not only will the celebration of Christmas be better, so too will your life be.
In His Name,
Father Deacon Jason Bowden