It is hard to be a Christian at Christmas, especially if you are a pastor or leader. These are at least five mistakes that we often make:
- We skimp on our time with Jesus in our work for Jesus. We speak of profound spiritual realities, but our hearts slowly shrink because we have so much to do.
- We become perfectionistic. We forget that to be human is to make mistakes. Eugene Peterson says it well: “Perfectionism is a perversion of the Christian way. To impose it on either oneself or another…is decidedly not the way of Jesus.”
- We do more than God asks. When we do more than God asks, we open the door for all kinds of disorder and chaos.
- We engage in faulty thinking. Mark Twain once said, “It isn’t what you don’t know that hurts you; it is what you know that isn’t so.”
- We forget our greatest gift is who we are – not what we do. Our number one work is to remain deeply connected with the Father, with ourselves, and with those closest to us amidst the pressure swirling around us.
Enjoy this important podcast for Advent!