Making it Practical
With the Christmas season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of advertisements trying to convince us that our wants are really needs. Within 24 days we attempt to fit all family, school and church activities and yet we wonder why the children seem to be a little less content and manageable. How do we redeem our time wisely and put into practice all the knowledge we’ve received over the past year regarding wisdom? As one theologian has shared:
“Knowledge, rightly understood, is knowing what is. Wisdom is knowing what to do about it. It’s when we don’t like what we know that we decide to suppress the truth in unrighteousness, thereby becoming fools.”
That reality has a ripple effect. From advertisements to seeking to honor Jesus, we are faced with applying the wisdom from above in all our decisions. We know we should not spend more money than we have at Christmas, but we want to be generous or we want more than we can afford. Wisdom says to stick with the numbers. Folly tosses them aside. Wisdom is the ability to act on what our minds know; folly is doing what we want, being led by our emotions. What is the result of allowing our emotions or worldly wisdom to reign? Stress over the holidays and more stress when the bills come due in January! Wisdom, however, calmly prepares now, in the early part of December, to schedule family visits, to create a spending plan and to prepare in advance for a busy church or school calendar. Be intentional and flexible. Take an evening to go over calendars, consult with older children regarding their schedules and then determine the good, better and best options open to your family during this season. Doing this will help you “sow peace” in your home through Christmas and in the upcoming New Year.
On behalf of the CFH Board and myself, we would like to thank each of our Contact Moms for your faithful service within the Kingdom of God. We trust that our topic on Wisdom has been helpful in your own personal growth and also in your ministry of “help and encouragement” to moms in every season of life.
We pray for you and your family, especially during this Christmas season, that your hearts will be filled with awesome wonder as we celebrate in remembrance, the birth of our Savior and joyfully await His return.
With love & prayers,
2 Cor 1:12
“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.”