At church yesterday, we had speakers from a ministry called Ripple Effect. They are a family of four that decided they were going to go full time ministry, and they now travel around the United States and teach the Gospel using a mixture of songs, skits, and sermons.
It's Christmas week. It's almost here! Anticipation is growing. And in the middle of it all, I realized that all too often, I get too caught up in what's going on right now: preparations, decorating, buying presents, Christmas cards... I spend so much time thinking about this that I forget what Christmas is really about.
While I was thinking about what happened this week and what I could write a blog post about today, I realized something. I care too much what other people think about me! Very often, I choose whether I will do something or not based on what other people will think of me and not how it could help others or bless them. It's very selfish and it's not something I'm proud of, but it's the way I am. How can I break out of this?
This week, my church had an event called Walk Through Bethlehem. How it worked was there were tours starting every 5 minutes or so. The people in the tour would walk into our church building and watch a short video about 1st century Bethlehem. Then, they would walk into the foyer of the building, which