It’s December 1st. The first day of the last month of the year. There’s something about this month that strikes us. Of course, Christmas is coming and Christmas enthusiast are out in full force. I mean, some of them have been singing holiday cheer since Halloween.
But that’s not what gets us. There’s something about December that turns people into decent human beings. It’s as if they realize time is short. They went eleven months without fulfilling any of their resolutions (some of them anyway). Now, with only one month left, we’re fueled with a sense of urgency to get things right. To end the year with a bang. After all, isn’t that what we do on New Year’s Eve?
As Christians, I think we’re often hyper aware of time. After all, the Bible cautions us that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” (2 Peter 3:10 KJV). Who knows when the world will end? But it will.
This month inspires us to live life the way we want to. Deep down, we all want to do good…be good. And December is a reminder of our deepest desire, to exhibit the fruit of the spirit without qualms, doubts, or fear.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
Now, we march out into the cold air (if you’re in the NE–apparently the rest of the United States hasn’t received the fall/winter memo) daring to be bold in our pursuit of kindness. We’ll hold open doors for strangers, let a person or two go ahead of us in the checkout line, wish all Happy Holidays, and smile until our cheeks hurt.
Yes, my friends, we’ll end this year off with a bang, but please don’t let the calendar stop you from continuing joy when it’s January 1, 2017. Continue to have the desire to do good…be good. Pray God helps you exhibit the fruits of the Spirit, after all, it’s a daily struggle. Don’t let time decide when you hold open a door, assist the elderly, or smile until your cheeks hurt.
Yes, we want to end this year with a bang, but we want to continue the momentum into the new year. Wherever you are, know that good lasts no matter the date on the calendar.
Merry Christmas and Blessings to you!