Kicking Off the Year With a New Series: Now What?

We’re starting a new series at Venture called: Now What? – Jesus was born… who cares?

Our creative teams came up with this title and concept, and I love it.

Christmas is treated as an annual event – a once-a-year experience. It came and now it’s over until the next once. But God never intended it that way at all.

The birth of Jesus, the entire reason for the season, wasn’t a singular event that’s remembered each year, it’s an ongoing miracle that continues to shape our lives to this very day – if we let it.

I especially like the sub-line for this series: Jesus was born…who cares?

What’s the big deal? What’s the big whoop?

Well, it was a big deal and is still a big deal. Because He came to be God with us and to be our Savior. But, He not only came to be our Savior – He came to be our Lord. So, we should care. Because Christ’s coming causes life change. I understand some people don’t buy into that… but Jesus isn’t dead like other gods – He is alive, and guess what? If He’s alive and He can be alive in us, then we should care that He came. And, as a result, we should ask the question: Now what? What does Jesus’s arrival and his continued existence in my life mean for me this year?

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Avoiding a Frosty Attitude

As the carol sings – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Now there are some people who are really enthusiasts when it comes to snow and enjoy it for all the outdoor activities it brings – snowboarding, snow skiing, running in the snow, sledding, etc.

But, what I’ve found is this – if you live in an area where there is snow and you don’t appreciate it, that could just be an attitude problem. Think about it – regardless if it’s snowing, sleeting, or raining – it can all be a good situation if you make it one.

I remember a couple years ago, I was looking at my roof and realized we were going to need a new one.

Then I started wondering where that money would come from.

About a week later we got a hail storm that beat the kabungees out of everyone!

Cars, siding, roofs – there were a lot of people complaining about the damage. But, I was giving out high fives and handshakes because guess what? The multi-thousand-dollar job for a new roof was now just going to cost me my deductible!

So, whether it’s a snow storm or hail flying from the skies – we can always put a smile on our face if we have the right attitude.

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My Word for the Year

It’s a New Year!

You hear people talk about New Year’s resolutions and then you hear people lament over New Year’s resolutions and then there’s some people that just say, “what’s a New Year’s resolution?”

I think, in life, it’s always good to have a goal, it’s always good to look forward and it’s always appropriate to look to the future. I think where people begin to stumble is when they look too far ahead or when they make goals that are entirely unattainable.

Maybe rather than make a blanket goal like “I want to lose weight,” instead, you say, “I’m going to stop eating chocolate for a period of time.” Or, instead of a goal you could choose a word to focus on this year.

I think, for me, I want to walk and learn and grow around one word and that word is wisdom.

I want to get wisdom from other people and, most importantly, from the greatest book that’s ever been written: The Bible.

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7

If I foster wisdom in myself and I’m connected with the author of wisdom, God himself, then when I speak, react, and respond, it will be filled with wisdom and everybody benefits.

With social media today, there’s a lot of chatter and opinion and advice but it just feels shallow and doesn’t have a lot of credibility. But, with those that speak with wisdom, there’s depth and there’s meaning.

This year I want to speak less, listen more, and gravitate and grab wisdom. How about you? Just choose one word and focus on that for a period of time and, whatever it is, you’ll be better and the people around you will definitely benefit as well.

 

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