Turns out that, even if you really enjoy doing something, getting up at 4:30 in the morning to do it is an easy, easy habit to break. I missed a couple of weeks of writing because of lack of ideas and laziness, but then we set our clocks back an hour and wrecked our sleep patterns for a month and I’m up today, so let’s get started.
I was sitting at work yesterday, looking at the calendar on the wall and trying to figure the best way to spend the 2.85 vacation days that I need to take before the end of the year lest I lose them. I heard part of a Michael Hyatt podcast yesterday in which he said that the average Americans have 4 unused vacation days every year. Guys, we’re not machines. Not taking time off is going to break you down. Either mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or all of those and more. He said that not taking your vacation days is a sign of a lack of faith. I need to go back and listen to that one again.
Anyway, I’m looking at the calendar and I realize that we are within 3 weeks of Thanksgiving, which means of course that we are within 7 weeks of Christmas. It feels like I wrote my post about turning 43 about two months ago.
My mind started racing – just about the busyness of the holidays. From the different places that we go on Thanksgiving to the parties and lunches in December, and then comes Christmas Day. It’s an overwhelming time for introverts.
Then, through the dizziness caused by all the planning it takes to be everywhere for everybody during the holidays, Hebrews 13:2 popped in to my head.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (NKJV)
Entertaining strangers can take on many forms. As I’m writing this, I was thinking that “entertaining” means sending a shoebox or money or, in the case of Samaritan’s Purse, buying a $70 goat so that a family in Botswana can have milk (how awesome is that?).
The verse doesn’t say that all strangers are homeless, hungry and half a world away. Entertaining strangers could be as simple as taking a moment to say hello. To invest a minute of your time talking about something as mundane as the weather to someone who may just need you to just acknowledge them.
Whatever the “entertainment” is, do not forget is a call to remember – it’s an action phrase. So as we begin our journey in to the depths of the hustle and bustle of the season, be on the lookout for strangers along the way. Go, be nice.
Have a great Friday and a great weekend! Thank for stopping by.