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It’s All About Jesus!

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Sharpie, the Christmas tree coordinator.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Last August, I was walking through Costco and was taken aback by the Christmas decorations that were already up in the store more than four months before the actual Holiday. I was too overwhelmed to snap a picture, but one of my Face Book friends who was in another Costco that same day did. He posted a picture of the display with one word, “NOOOOO!” I agreed; it was just too early to start thinking about Christmas. In my world, the weather needs to be at least below 90 degrees before the lights go up.

Last week, I started reading the New Testament accounts of the events leading up the birth of Jesus. So many prophecies were fulfilled in the first few years of Jesus’ life; so many people were involved, whether they knew it or not and so much has happened since then. Over two thousand years later, hundreds of millions of people around the world still celebrate the birth of Jesus, whether they know it or not.

I thought back to 1999 when I had to have surgery about two weeks before Christmas. I had four hours to finish all my Christmas shopping the day before my operation and there was no way I would get my Christmas cards out that year. There was so much I just would not be able to do. I sat back in my hospital bed once the morphine wore off and decided that since Christmas was supposed to be all about Jesus, I would just relax and let it really be “ALL ABOUT JESUS!”

Christmas has not been the same since then, because we all relax and enjoy the season. Whether the cards get sent out or not doesn’t matter so much. We keep in touch with our loved ones either way. If the decorations don’t make it up onto the house, it’s OK. That just makes it easier when January rolls around and everything has to be put away. If there aren’t tons of presents around the tree and our kids can’t make it home for Christmas, that is all right, too, because we love each other and understand that Christmas really is – all about Jesus!

As we head into yet another holiday season, take time to enjoy the turning leaves, the smell of freshly cut pine trees, the Christmas carols and of course, the peppermint mochas. And take lots of time to quietly reflect on the greatest Gift of all. It is and will always be All About Jesus!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

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Photo by familymwr on Flickr.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

If you could ask the wisest man one question, what would you ask? The meaning of life? Next week’s winning Power Ball numbers? Why bad things happen to good people and vice versa? What is most important in life? We all have so many questions and so many dilemmas that we carry with us through life, with seemingly little relief and few meaningful answers.

King Solomon had, for his time, endless resources in which to explore the deep meaning of life. He did it all, tried everything and came to a sorry conclusion: all that is meaningless. To him, all the endeavors one can take on in life are useless in the end. If you make a pile of money, have a successful business empire and all the trappings that life has to offer, you will eventually die and leave it all to somebody who did not have to work for it and can never fully appreciate your accomplishments.

As for the 85% of the world who work hard every day and struggle just to survive, there seems to be even less hope, unless you read on to see what the wise man concluded. At the end of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon said this:

Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—

Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind. (Ecclesiastes 12: 1, 13 NIV)

This does not mean that we are to trudge through life as if we were in a lifelong death march. No, Solomon also advised humanity on how to approach each day as we remember our Creator:

“So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15, NKJV)

We are to enjoy our lives, where we are right now, rather than chasing after meaningless accomplishments and trappings that steal our joy during the chase and even after attaining them, should that ever happen. Find joy in the simple things, seek God in every mundane task. Go on, now, eat, drink and be merry!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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