Category Archives: Family

Find Balance in Leisure Time …

I have several friends who spend their leisure time in a variety of ways. Some ride motorcycles with others who also have motorcycles. Another one cruises around in his restored 1967 Pontiac Firebird. While others attend professional sporting games during their leisure time.

How we spend our leisure time often indicates our deep seated value system or what we really deem important in life. It often indicates whether our first question ranges from “what is best for me?” to “what is best for others?” or anywhere in between these two extremes.

As American Christians, we can easily allow our cultural value of individualism to be our only driving force when it comes to deciding how to use our leisure time. In so doing, we then fall prey of a “me” centered religion. Today on this Lord’s day reflect on how you spend your leisure time – find balance somewhere in between.

This Christmas Season, I will enjoy . . .

In a couple of weeks, people around the world will celebrate the Christmas festival.   Celebrations will take place by eating special types of food, listening to many forms of Christmas music, and practicing traditions handed down from one generation to another.  Their celebrations will become times of renewing and building group identity.

The Christmas festival serves as a way to bring affiliated individuals together, either for solidarity or to educate children and to share a variety of traditions.  In a real sense, they unite the family with wider communities, often sustain family traditions, and create family memories.

Our Children 2007This Christmas season, what will you enjoy?  Although I will miss the foods and friends of Asia this Christmas, I will enjoy being with family.   (Our children seen to the right.) As mentioned, Christmas sustains traditions and creates family memories.  Establishing family traditions is a great way to create a sense of togetherness, family harmony and family identity that can carry through from generation to generation.  Do you have any family traditions during the Christmas season?  For your family, family memories will come from Christmas this year?

 This Christmas Season, I will also enjoy the faith I have in Jesus Christ.  Needless to say, although food, friends, and family provide Christmas festivals with distinctiveness, faith unifies all those who celebrate Christmas.  I look foward to thanking God for coming to live among us as Immanuel (God with us).   The Bible says,

Therefore the Lord Himself giveth to you a sign, Lo, the Virgin is conceiving, And is bringing forth a son, And hath called his name Immanuel.  ( Isaiah 7:14, YLT)

May this Christmas be a time that you will enjoy food, friends, family, but may it also be a time to enjoy your faith!