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Plan carefully your festive season journey

Friday December 21, 2018 Written by Published in Church Talk

With 2018 closing in on us, it’s time once again to plan celebrations for the festive season, that’s just around the corner.


This is usually a time of year when people start digging into their pockets or stretching the budget to its limit, in order to purchase Christmas gifts for family members. This is also a time where there will be a lot of spending, with businesses cashing in on the spirit of the festive season. And it is a time where family members start to plan for their travels, moving from island to island or country to country.

With it comes the stress of financing the travels and holidays for the whole family. The festive season is a time where families take their journeys to meet up or visit family members of whom they have not seen for years. So how have you planned your journey this year?

I am reminded of a story, of shepherds who went on a journey (Luke 2: 15-18). After the birth of the Saviour, the angels (messengers from God) appeared to the shepherds to tell them the Good News. Hearing this, they straight away got up and went. The question is where did they go and what were they looking for? Well the Bible says that they went on a journey to Bethlehem. And who did they find? In the same text it tells us that at the end of their journey they came to a manger, where the baby name Jesus laid.

This is a success story of a journey taken by shepherds who were inspired and led by God, and so the question arises, how many of us today have begun a journey with God but somehow ended at an undesirable destination?

Were you able to redirect your course? Or did you continue to tread the undesirable path? Of course the end result is entirely depended on each individual’s decision. Friends, I would like to encourage and pray that at the end of each of our journeys, that we will also find Jesus. This is the best reason for celebrating Christmas and the New Year.

If you are planning a journey this festive season, plan it with the Lord. (Proverbs 16: 3) says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Friends, your plans will only succeed if they are according to God’s will and not according to your will. Allow God to be the leader of your plans and the promise (Proverbs 3: 6) is that He will direct your path.

May the Lord’s blessings be upon each one as we journey together with God, and celebrate this festive season, with the most precious gift ever given to mankind - Jesus.

Eric Toleafoa

SDA Church

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