Christmas is great - first and foremost of course because it’s a time to reflect and celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ. However we cannot deny how much fun we have with family and friends, getting involved with festivities; choosing the perfect tree and covering the house in red, gold and flickering lights, blasting the cheesy music, finding the best presents for everyone, and eating copious amounts of turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, and mince pies.
If I’m honest with myself though, I do often get too caught up in the festivities and forget that I still need to be a good steward. At a time of year where making the house and the wrapping of the presents look perfect and keeping the Christmas traditions going sneak onto the top of my priorities, this year I’ve been wondering how my attitude towards all of this could be more ethical, and more biblical. I’ve always been a champion of making time to reflect at Christmas time, but I’ve realised there’s still more I can do to give God the glory, instead of all the sparkle.
It may sound funny to suggest that small ethical changes in our Christmas habits could be giving God glory, but He calls us good stewards of the earth, of our money, and even of our time - anything we do in response to this call gives Him honour.
ADVENT CHALLENGE #3
So, Advent Challenge number three is what small change can you make towards being a better steward of everything God-given this Christmas?
Perhaps you want to think about your environmental footprint and buy local or recyclable. Maybe you could have a read of some blogs on having an ethical Christmas and see what you can challenge your family to. Or if you want to be more generous with your time, could you break away from your traditional family Christmas and invite someone in who may otherwise be lonely?
If you’re already really good at thinking ethically around Christmas, why not rally your troops to do the same?
This is certainly a challenge to me, so I look forward to hearing your ideas! Tag us on Instagram with #fusiondeckthehalls