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Break the Cycle of Only Acknowledging Christ on Special Occasions

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies

Let the light of Christ shine through you and glisten always.

Let the light of Christ shine through you and glisten always.

Holiday worship

On December 25, social media was filled with posts that said Merry Christmas and spoke of Jesus being the reason for the season. Prior to the coronavirus, every New Year's Eve churches would be filled with people who wanted to be in the house of the Lord as the old year passed away. On Sunday's pictures of individuals and family in church attire would fill Facebook with captions that read "Getting my church flow on." On Easter/Ressurection Sunday, the Internet will be overloaded with "He is Risen". If you are a person of faith in Jesus being the only way to salvation, I have a question for you. Where is your testimony the rest of the year? We should have Him on our minds all the time and scripture confirms this to be true.

Psalm 119: 55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law. Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Don't pack Him away with the decorations in the attic

Don't pack Him away with the decorations in the attic

Every day worship

No one is required to put their faith on blast, although we are told in Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men, that. they may see your good works, and. glorify your Father which is in heaven. Modern religious society has taught believers in Christ to show up to the building on Sunday and Wednesday but now how to express faith the rest of the week. On social media, people play follow the leader, so it's natural to do what others have been doing. A Hallelujah on Sunday and not another mention of Him until a special occasion or there is a need for prayer is not a good witness. All day every day Facebook is filled with please of "Pray for me" but not much praise and worship. Just think for a moment what your life would be like if you only ate food on Christmas, New Year, and Easter. There is nothing wrong with emphasizing what you believe on these dates but there are so many others in between. Where is the evidence of your faith at these times?

Psalm 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

Don't use Him like a spare tire.

Don't use Him like a spare tire.

Give Him His glory

Who among us would like it if a parent, spouse or significant other only paid attention to them on special occasions? would you not feel ignored and possibly unloved? I recall a young neighbor who lived with his grandmother. His mother dropped by often but I never saw his father in 16 years of living next door to this family, Every Christmas, however, this young man would have the new "J's" (the latest Michael Jordan tennis shoes). This is a common tale of absentee fathers so lets flip it around. Consider how our heavenly Father feels when we only acknowledge Him on certain dates? If you have packed Jesus away with your decorations, or thrown Hom out with your tree and don't intend on thinking of Him again until the next holiday please stop. This may have been your past but does not have to be your future. You can determine today to give Him the praise, worship, and glory that He is due in every area of your life, every day that you live.

Psalm 119:64 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Don't put Him tout with the trash like your Christmas tree.

Don't put Him tout with the trash like your Christmas tree.

If you really love Him

Stevie Wonder had a hit song with "If you really love me." The chorus is "But if you really love me won't you tell me." If you really love Him you will tell Him and just like your love for another human, you will tell others. When you truly are devoted to Him, the Holy Spirit within you can't help but cry out. It may be in a social media post, or a testimony to a neighbor, coworker, or friend. The Holy Spirit is available all the time and not just on special occasions. Examine yourself today. If you find you are more vocal about your faith on Sundays and holidays, then make a change.


Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 28, 2020:

Thank you.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on December 28, 2020:

This is lovely "anti mi". People play hotch-potch form of Christianity and it is not verily good.

Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 28, 2020:

Thank you and you have a blessed New Year

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2020:

I agree with your premise. We were taught to pray on a daily basis, not just on special holy days of the year. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!

Sharon on December 28, 2020:

I really enjoyed reading your article, especially at this time of year and in the times in which we live. Everything seems so different which is why we really need Him in our lives like never before. I agree that sometimes we tend to only call on Him when we are in a crisis, but as you said He deserves our praise everyday. Thank you

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 28, 2020:

This is a very good article, Cheryl, that makes an excellent point. If we are going to be a Christians we should pray and put God first each day. I start each day reading the Bible, and it seems to set a positive tone for the day ahead.

Happy New Year, Cheryl