December 21, 2010 Issue #057
Single at Christmas?
Merry Christmas, fellow singletons!
Then check this out!
If it hasn't been as merry as you'd like this year, we have a few thoughts on how to turn things around, in time for this season and throughout 2011.
As some of you know, I'm a regular contributor to www.christianity.about.com. If you want to know more about Christianity and build your faith at the same time, it's THE place to go on the Web.
So enough of the plugs, already! Here's something to think about if you're single at Christmas...
A Single's Christmas Prayer
Jesus, thank You for the greatest gift I'll ever receive,
eternal life with You because of Your death on the cross.
Please help me to remember and appreciate
that gift every day of my life.
I don't understand the reason for my singleness,
but I do understand that I am loved and cherished by You.
Every day of the coming year,
help me to see the good instead of the bad.
Help me to share my hurts with You
and remind me to thank you for my blessings.
Help me, always, to keep looking to You.
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Our Christmas quotation is a weird one. It comes from Clarence Clemons, a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and one of the most loved saxophone players in the world:
"I wanted an electric train for Christmas,
but I got the saxophone instead."
Clarence Clemons (1942- )
The reason I used this quote, if you can follow my logic, is that sometimes, things we get in life seem like a disappointment, but they turn out for our best. We don't learn or grow from our happy experiences. One of the truths of life is that suffering is the greatest teacher, but we need to look to God to make sure we learn the right lesson.
We singles need to keep moving forward. We need to learn our lessons from the past and move on. Bitterness is baggage we can't afford to drag behind us. If you have any bad baggage, don't drag it into the New Year. Travel light in 2011. You'll go faster and farther.
Who to believe in 2011
You used to be able to believe the TV news, but you can't any more. Everybody has an agenda. Everybody's trying to get you to think their way.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to turn to somebody you could trust and ask, "What do you think?" We singles don't have spouses we can do that with. Some of us still have our parents, fortunately.
But it's getting tougher and tougher to sort out the truth. I've discovered a trustworthy source and I'd like to share him with you...
Merry Christmas--without apologies
When I started www.inspiration-for-singles.com in 2005, I had a tough choice to make. Would I make it a Christian site, or would I make it a secular site with no mention of Jesus Christ whatsoever? I decided to choose the Truth.
I could be making tons of money and pulling in hundreds of thousands of visitors with a nonreligious site. But I made a promise to myself when I started, to always tell the truth to my visitors.
I have to tell you what--or Who--has worked for me. It's not New Age or angels or fairies or the Law of Attraction. It's Jesus Christ. If that offends you, well, Jesus has offended people for 2,000 years. He didn't apologize for it and neither do I.
I know we have a lot of Muslim and Hindu friends who do not believe in Jesus. I'm not trying to convert you. But I don't apologize for loving Jesus and believing in him as Savior. All I'll say is that in the end, it's God who decides who gets into heaven, not me, and not any other human being.
That said, I want to wish each of you fellow singletons a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year. Let's look to 2011 with hope and remember,
For those who love God,
your life can turn around
in the blink of an eye,
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