By Francis Lieb, Church Worker Care Team
As you enter the Advent/Christmas Season, what are you thinking about? Chances are that most professional church workers are thinking about all the deadlines and demands of this season. We think about the extra time it takes to get ready for special services, school Christmas programs and celebrations, and special needs of people who are struggling with the holidays because of grief or financial problems. As church workers think about all this, it is not uncommon to struggle with fatigue, emotional exhaustion, frustration, even guilt (thinking you are failing to help everyone who looks to you).
What are you thinking about? Under the Spirit’s inspiration, St. Paul has shared encouraging words that have helped many, including me. Sometimes I have struggled with some depression during this busy season, brought on by all the demands and, in part, by the long dark days. I have found strength and peace in these words: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8.
What we think about can influence greatly how we feel and how we deal with commitments that often seem overwhelming.
Think about the Savior, born to save His people from their sin. Think about the assurance of Jesus recorded in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Think about the personal love that Jesus has for you as you hear the words, “This is my body…this is my blood FOR YOU!”
There is much to think about as you enter the Advent/Christmas Season. Under God’s grace, may the Holy Spirit lead you to think about the goodness of God that has been poured into this holy season through His Son, Jesus. Think about it! And enjoy a peace-filled celebration of Christmas.
If you need a listening ear and an encouraging word, members of the Missouri District Church Worker Care Team are here for you!