If you are in ministry, Christmas can be a tough gig. Multiple services. Long hours. Special events. Parties to attend.
The most wonderful time of the year can become the busiest time of the year.
As you are quickly going into this season here are five things to remember.
1. Family Matters Most.
Don’t get so busy that you neglect your family. There is a lot of things vying for your attention during the holiday season.
Yes…there will be extra hours clamoring for your attention.
Yes…there will be an expectation to do whatever it takes to make Christmas special for those who attend your services.
Yes…your priorities will be put to the test.
But don’t let your family suffer because of this. Yes…take care of your responsibilities. But use wisdom in determining how much time you will spend on projects or programming. 85% is okay. Don’t lose your family because you will do whatever it takes to make that extra 15% happen.
2. Attend a Service With Your Family.
Make sure you have your responsibilities covered so you can attend a service with your family. Your kids need to remember you singing Christmas carols with them and seeing your smiling face in the glow of Christmas candles.
3. Give Jesus Your Best Gift.
Help your family understand that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus and the celebration of Him coming. Jesus should get your best gift. Teach your family by example that Jesus deserves your best gift. Give toward your church’s Christmas offering. Give toward outreach programs that help the poor and needy during Christmas.
4. Choose Memories Over Stuff.
Instead of spending all your Christmas money on gifts, consider using the money to make a memory together.
What if you cut back on the gifts you give your children and instead go on a trip together?