We have experienced Black Friday, Cyber Monday, One Time Only Sales and the list goes on and on.
Some people will celebrate this season as a time of gift giving, visiting friends and family, plus enjoying a meal together. Some will be celebrating this season as the time designated to commemorate the birth of our Savior in Bethlehem. Others will regard this season no differently than any other.
Regardless of your viewpoint, may I make a single, yet scriptural request - the Apostle Paul, speaking about his future in the previous verses, tells the Christians these words in Philippians 1:27, "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ."
Let's not be guilty of greed, dishonesty, stealing or any other possibility that would bring shame on our Lord. Christians, we do not have a day off that makes it alright to put aside Christian behavior. We can find many admonitions to live honorable lives. I want to share a quote from Ghandi:
Keep your thoughts positive ... they become your words.
Keep your words positive ... they become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive ... they become your habits.
Keep your habits positive ... they become your values.
Keep your values positive ... they become your destiny.
The Bible says it this way ... "whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not men..."
This is a wonderful season to enjoy. However you plan to celebrate, just remember ... "He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord."
Personally, since this is my last article of the y ear, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)