Wisdom through the holidays (John 12:1-8)

Since Christmas will be here before you know it, I want to dedicate this e-mail to sharing some wisdom in regard to family times during the Holidays.  There are a few things I have learned by experience this past week with my in-laws in town:

Pressure creates diamonds – the more difficult the situation the better you will be as a result.  Embrace the pressure to have everything ready perfect and on time (please notice that this is dripping with sarcasm).

Late is not great – if the family is waiting on you for dinner, even an accident on I-70 will not be a good enough excuse.

Safety first – never, ever leave your father-in-law alone in the car in a dangerous neighborhood…you can ask him for more details…

Respect the expected – A GREAT last minute idea that disrupts everyone’s plans never ends up GREAT.

Never choose the restaurant – This is a lose-lose scenario.  Absolute perfect service and food is always expected and even the smallest fault will find its way back to the source….”Whose idea was this anyway?”

Don’t ask dumb questions – Like, “have we taken you down to the Plaza to see the lights” (especially when the answer is “yes, for the last 8 years…”)

Learn to love the broken record – Patriots…Red Sox….Celtics….Red Sox….Patriots….Patriots….Tom Brady…..Randy Moss….Patriots….Patriots Defense….Playoffs….Red Sox….Patriots….Red Sox…..Celtics…Patriots….Ok, I’m dead!

Thank God for all His blessings – It may sound like I am digging out of a hole, however, I am VERY thankful for the family that God has blessed me with and this season is a great time to express heartfelt appreciation for those closest to us.  I am EXTREMELY grateful for Leigh-Ann, Alexa, Sophia, Pepper and every other family member (especially my in-laws) and friends.

I am wishing you the very best this Christmas Season.  It is our privilege to remember the story of Jesus coming to earth.  Just as the Apostle Paul said, “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

This Sunday we will have the opportunity to worship God through our prayers, singing, communion and application of the sermon from John 12:1-8.

In the Spirit of Christmas!

Troy

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