The Christmas Sweater

God Gold of the Day

Today’s God Gold is a message from last year that I shared around this time of year and when I was looking back on the lesson learned here, it felt too good not to share again with you! Hope this Christmas Sweater story opens up your eyes to some life-changing truth today that strengthens your faith and moves you closer to God than ever before!!!

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:37‬

Wow, well there is a lot that could be said about this truth. Like seriously, just sit back and mediate on the fact that with God anything is possible, literally ANYTHING!!! I had some experiences yesterday that opened up this truth in the wildest of ways!

I had the option at work to wear a Christmas sweater instead of my regular uniform, of course I went with the sweater. I’ve never owned one before but at a yard sale last year I ran across the brightest, classiest, most awesome piece of swag that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. All year I’ve been waiting for the chance to put it on and share it’s awesomeness with the world. Today was that day! From the first moment of feeling the indescribable power of Christmas cheer that it brought to my life, I knew that it was going to be a good day. Walking into work, looking like I robbed an old ladies closet, it was crazy! I thought it was cool and all but no one could walk by it’s seasonal glow without being stopped dead in their tracks.

It turned out to be an unbelievable conversation piece with each person who encountered it. Compliments came in from all over the place, even outside of work, people stopping me in parking lots to pay their respect to the sweater. Even a lady in the gas station talked to me for 15 minutes about Christmas, her little girls love for this time of year and her soon to new little one arriving soon! I was stunned at the power this sweater held!

On a normal day, I just go about my day to get it over with, constant busyness and running wild to keep up with life. Living in a world with so much negative and darkness surrounding us and constantly living in the low expectations of my own failures that I couldn’t make a difference anyways. It becomes hard to stop and experience the numerous opportunities we have to bring a smile to someone’s face, to bring a little bit of bright green and red glittered light to people’s lives. There is always so much negative being talked about and negative in our own life it can leave you thinking, “why should I try? Why don’t I just focus on me and if I feel good then that’s good enough right? I don’t have any platform, the money, or popularity to make any kind of difference so why try?”

The moments in this Christmas sweater, seeing so many people smile just from a wild and bright display of Christmas on cotton. I thought why can’t everyday be a Christmas Sweater type of day? As much as I’d love to wear it everyday, I can’t but the good thing is I can clothe myself in God’s presence everyday no matter where I go He is always there. It’s not the sweater, it’s not our own shortcomings or low expectations, it’s not the wild stuff going on around us, living life under a God where nothing is impossible, why would we ever live in low expectations, believing that because we can’t seem to change our world then there’s no way we can change the world.

It doesn’t take a Christmas sweater, money, or anything we think we need to finally start moving forward in our own lives and watching God work through us to help others move forward one smile at a time. It just comes down to the question and constant reminder to yourself when you start hearing those low living lies come up, “if I’m with God and anything is possible with God then…” What are we waiting for? With a relationship with such a loving, powerful, and capable God we have more than enough to be difference makers. Don’t let yourself get so caught up in why you can’t, walking comfortably through life, never stopping to try will be the result. Focus on why He can!!! Stretch yourself, move from the mundane into the wow, continually seek to move into His very possible. Let the light in your own personal relationship with the Lord shine brightly like a Christmas sweaters into others lives.

I heard a pastor say we so often say to ourselves and others, “I would if I could.” Well God says “you could if you would.” Reverse your would-coulds and live in the powerful truth that God could do anything!!! Set your expectations on His truth and live in His higher standards today! You’ll never know what God is capable of if you don’t put your Christmas sweater on, know that He is with you and just try, if you fail keep trying because with God NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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