December 23

Written by Bill Grandi on December 23rd, 2021

This is my last devotion until after Christmas (at least at this point, unless “the Spirit moves me”). You know how minds can change! 🙂 We plan to leave Sunday after church for Ohio to visit our family. Our planned return is Tuesday. I will not be taking my computer and my phone is ancient everyone says (it is an iPhone 5). So I leave you with this thought until next Wednesday.

In his book (which I have mentioned several times this month), Paul David Tripp writes the following:

My hope in writing is that this devotional would stimulate you to live with a birth-of-Jesus mentality. My prayer is that the story of the birth, life, and sacrifice of Jesus would be the story that would shape everything in your life. I hope that whether it’s your finances, your marriage, your work, your sexual life, your friendships, your education, your leisure, or your future, that you would make sense of every dimension of your life through the lens of what the Christmas story tells you about life.” (Come Let Us Adore Him-p.145)

I like that phrase “birth-of-Jesus mentality.” To me that speaks of living in the moment, of being present, but also of having every aspect of my life controlled by an awareness of Jesus’s involvement and presence in my daily life.

What a great through! It’s like what the apostle Paul talked about when he wrote about taking every thought captive.

“Father, may I live with a birth-of-Jesus mentality. I ask that every thought be brought under submission to You. May I live with the birth of Jesus always in my vision.”


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Glynn says:

    Merry Christmas, Bill! Have a blessed time with your family!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks you Glynn. May you and your family have a joy-filled celebration remembering the birth of Christ.

  2. Yes, me too, LORD!

    Have a most blessed Christmas with your family, Bill! Safe traveling! And enjoy your break from writing. We will all look forward to your heart and Wisdom when you return. God bless you.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thank you Diane for your kind words. i appreciate you being a loyal reader. May your tribe increase! 🙂 🙂

  3. I want that “birth of Jesus” mentality in my life, too, Bill! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this before Christmas Day is actually here.
    Have a safe and wonderful trip and time with your family.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You’re welcome Martha. I want that as well. May you and Danny have a joy-filled Christmas celebrating the birth of Christ.

  4. Ed says:

    Looking forward to being transformed until Jesus takes me home!

    Safe travels!