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Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to get caught up in the Christmas shopping crush—but every year I hit the stores as soon as they open the day after Thanksgiving. I'll probably do the same this year. I know this isn't a spiritual question, but why can't I be more self-controlled?


Although it may not strike you as such, in reality this is a spiritual question—because it deals with everything from the way we use our money, to what we think is really important in life. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34).

Is it wrong to want to pick up bargains as you shop for Christmas presents? No, not really; we all love a good bargain, and the Bible encourages us to be thrifty. But how often do you end up buying more than you intended to buy, or spending more than you intended to spend? And how often do you end up angry or frustrated or exhausted, because you’ve had to fight the crowds or spent too much time searching for one last present?

Take time to plan ahead during these weeks before Christmas. Make lists; write out a budget (and stick to it); set aside time for rest. Be thoughtful about your gifts, also; don’t try to impress someone or win their goodwill by buying something you really can’t afford (and they don’t really need). Set aside time also for special events—a Christmas concert, a special ride to see the lights, etc.

The most important thing you can do, however, is to put Christ at the center of your Christmas—and your life. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).

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  1. Sherry Wages says:

    Thank you for the stories you share and the practical help. Spiritual cleansing cures a lot of destructive behaviors. God BLESS you!!! Merry Christmas!

  2. Liana says:

    Thank you for that reminder. Where is my treasure and where is my heart?

  3. Marjorie L Bennett says:

    I also overspend, mainly on family. This year I felt it was ok because I’d been doing a good job of paying down my credit cards and I truly felt God was saying you’ve done good so go ahead. Then I felt God telling me I’d gone too far. I’m sorry. He knows I’ve repented, and I’m caught in a catch 22 where I don’t feel I can cancel orders because people already know what I ordered. So I sure do understand overspending. I know with God’s help I can do better. He’s proved it to me, but despite wanting to do His will, it didn’t take much before I realized I’d done it again. Praise the name of our holy Lord. He’s forgiven me, but I hate to disappoint my God in Heaven over and over. It hurts to know I have.

  4. Sherry Wages says:

    Thank you for the stories you share and the practical help—spiritual cleansing cures a lot of destructive behaviors. God bless you!
    Merry Christmas

  5. Phil Lucas says:

    My mother took me to a Billy Graham service at Fort Jackson, SC in the 1950s when I was about six or seven-years-old. I still remember going down front and dedicating my life to Christ and years later, at the age of 12, joining the Methodist church. I thank God each day for the blessings in my life: a Godly mother and a God-centered wife of 46 years, two spiritually-strong Christian daughters and four blessed grandchildren. My life has been filled with faith, family and friends!

  6. Ernest Victor says:

    We appreciate all that God is doing through the ministry of the BGEA and would like to be a part of it in any ways possible.

  7. King Johnson says:

    Beautifully said!