December 2, 2018
Sermon Title: Tis the Season. . .How to Handle Holiday Stress
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Luke 2:14; Matthew 2
Scripture Text: Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Tis the Season. . .How to Handle Holiday Stress
Does Christ have anything to say to us in the midst of this season of hurry and rush? I believe he does. After all, it's his birthday party, so what does he think about all of this?
Point I. WHAT IS STRESS?
Martha said, Luke 10:40 "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
Stress is your body's alarm system.
"No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress."
If our bodies are repeatedly held in a state of alarm, they will show damaging consequences.
Point II. WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY CURE?
"Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made."
She came and asked, Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me?"
Like Martha, we can get so distracted by all the seemingly necessary things that we miss the point.
Isn't that the real problem? Some of the things that we make priorities aren't really the priorities. By focusing on these things of lesser importance we miss what's most important.
How can we be calm in the midst of stress all around us at this time of year?
1. Lay out a plan
2. Put your most significant relationships first
3. Look for the spiritual dimension in everything
4. Focus on those who are in need
The holidays don't have to be the most stressful time of the year when, like Mary, we only focus on what is needed.
Don't let the celebration of the most peace filled night in earth's history turn into the most stressful time of the year.
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