Hi everyone, and welcome to week 25 of The ABC’s Of Contentment. Today we’re on the letter Y and Y stands for the word Yield. The verse that goes with the word Yield is Isaiah 45:9 where it says, “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” Kind of an interesting verse, isn’t it? Giving a humorous illustration? It asks some good questions. I know this sounds a little silly, but think about it; here in America, we live in such an image conscience society. The girls are told through TV ads that, to look perfect like models, they should do things such as buy this or that hairspray, have curly hair, straight hair, wavy hair; the list goes on and on. Guys are expected to have buff muscles and be strong and tough. I have no problem with beauty products. I have no problem with being thin and being strong. There’s nothing wrong with being healthy. I’ve even worn makeup a couple of times on occasions. What I have a problem with is when there’s those people that, on a daily basis, spend 5 or 6 hours in the bathroom just getting ready for school, work, etc. The reason your favorite stars look the way they do is because of technology in the studios. Everything you see in magazine faces is being touched up. Nobody looks like that in real life. Think about it; if you made something, how would you feel if that thing you made (like a vase-what we’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks) talked back to you and said, “I don’t like the way I’m made.” Now relate that back to God. How do you think God feels when we do the same to Him by buying every beauty product the world offers on T.V.? Have you ever considered the fact that Psalm 139 says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? When we buy every single beauty product the world has to offer, we’re telling our Creator God that He made a mistake. The one who made us; the one who made the universe in the first place. The one who said, “Let there be light and there was light.” I don’t know about you, but I sure can’t speak and something is automatically created. I wish! Unfortunately, for me to be able to create something, I have to give it time and effort. My hands have to learn certain movements because I have cerebral palsy. Think about God from His perspective. When He made each one of us, you and me, He spent all that time on each one of us. We weren’t just thrown together. Then for us to spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products that the world says work (and then you find out that they don’t, and then there’s all these side effects); don’t you think something’s wrong with that? I do. But that’s just me. That’s just that’s just my opinion. I don’t know. Maybe my opinion is different because I need help with things like dressing and combing my own hair. So even though sometimes I’d like to look a little better on a daily basis, maybe I don’t focus so much on it because I have cerebral palsy. I need help, I don’t have time, and there’s other things I should focus on. The way my birth happened, I guess I’m just glad to be living; thankful for each day that I’m alive, thankful that God keeps my heart beating, thankful that I can share these messages and start this series that we’re almost finished with. I don’t know, I want to yield and give my heart and my life to the Lord, and I want to make sure that people know that. There’s a hymn called “Have Thine Own Way” that I’ve heard Joni talk about which I think goes perfectly with the word Yield. There’s about four stanzas in the hymn and the stanza that goes perfect with that is, “Have Thine own way You are the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will while I am waiting yielded and still.” Amen. You know what? Let’s pray. Dear Lord, we live in a society where there’s a lot of distractions. T.V. ads are calling for our attention. Forgive us when we spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products at the mall that the world promises will make us look and feel better, but Lord, those promises are false. Thank you that your word is true. That you are the divine; the creator. You’ve done such a beautiful job with this universe. Thank you for all you’ve created. Thank you for creating me and allowing me to live. Please help us remember that you never make mistakes. Another part of Psalm 139 says we were created in our mother’s womb. That’s special; to be created in your mother’s womb. Thank you for the time that you spent on all of us and help us, instead of focusing so much on what the world says, focus on the abilities and talents you gave us all. Help us to find ways that we can use them to honor you and share the gospel. Amen. That’s it everyone and I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for joining me. I’ll see you next week when we talk about the letter Z and Z will be for Zion. Bye. God Bless.
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We wish you a merry Xmas, we wish you a merry Xmas, we wish you merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Hi everyone. Welcome to week 24 of the ABC’s of Contentment. Today we’re on the letter X and X will be about the history of Xmas. I just love Christmas. Hence, why I’m wearing all this Christmas attire. Notice my blouse, my red turtleneck, my bracelet, my earrings and my Santa hat? I’m ready for Christmas from head to toe. Now the only thing missing is at the very bottom; I need some red and green shoes. If Christmas were the only holiday on the calendar, that would be fine with me. If I had the proper hand dexterity, I would open my own Christmas shop and make a whole bunch of ornaments and other decorations. But anyway, getting to the video. Like I said, we’re going to have a history lesson. Why write Xmas? You know, many Christians get upset when they see the abbreviation of Xmas because they think that our culture is using another way to take Christ out of His own holiday and I can’t blame them. For a while, I thought the same thing. Until I read a book by a guy named Ace Collins called “Stories Behind Christmas Traditions.” In it, he talks about three main reasons why they used Xmas and where it began. I thought they were cool and so I thought I’d share them. So here we go. The first reason was that many of the first Christ followers were Greek. The Greek name for Christ is Xhristos. Spelled the Greek way it’s X- R- I- s- t- o- s. Many of the first Christ followers only had a very basic education, and so even though they could read, it was hard for them to recognize their own name on a document; X was the best thing. That was what they recognized. Also, clergymen at that time taught that X was a symbol for the Christian faith. Just like today we have the Christian fish, the X was their symbol at that time. X marked places where people could go to worship, it also marked places where people died and were remembered. The second reason was resources. Paper and ink were not as easy to come by as they are today. They didn’t have modern conveniences, so Xmas was used as an abbreviation. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century that Christianity began to spread to Europe and Xmas first began to appear in Catholic writings. The third reason was that Xmas was a symbol of faith and for people who died. X marked the spot where they died. Many of the early Christians were hung for their faith. They were burned. X was used as a symbol to remember them and a time of celebration. X was also a symbol of the cross. It wasn’t until the 1800s that Christmas became a national holiday and retailers tried to use it as an abbreviation on their signs and packages. They also tried to honor the early Christians and use a symbol that people could understand. Unfortunately, today a lot of people don’t know the Greek language, and these reasons are not often taught in many churches, so a lot of people don’t know about them. But this is one of the very first Christmas traditions started, and the people that died for this would be proud to see it being carried on into modern Christmas. Again, I don’t blame people for getting upset about the term Xmas. I did too because I didn’t know the reasons until I read the book. We have a lot to learn from the early Christians. They laid down their lives for Christ. If it came down to that, if somebody asked you about your faith, would you be willing to do that? What gift can you give Christ our Savior this Christmas season? Think about it. I’m going to leave a link to a song in the description called “I’ll Give Him My Heart.” I hope that it will make you think and provoke some good emotion as you think about what gift you can give our Savior this season because He’s given so much. Let’s close in a word of prayer. Lord, thank you for sending Your son Jesus to Earth as a baby. Help us to be content like the early Christians, to learn a lot about contentment, sacrifice, and devotion, and give Him our whole heart; because He deserves it. He deserves our all. Amen. Well, that’s it everyone, and I’ll see you next time when we talk about the letter Y. Y will be for Yield. That’s it and thanks for watching. Bye, God Bless.