December 18, 2016

Merry Holidays?!

This is the time of year for all of the hustle and bustle.  Admittedly, I have even gotten caught up in it myself.  Christmas parties, taking the family to see Christmas lights, school performances, dance recitals, shopping for gifts, and of course trying to sneak away and purchase something special for my wife in a manner that she doesn’t find out her surprise! These are all things that are going on right now for me in the midst of “regular life” .

At work, based on your business conditions, things can either be slowing down right now or they can be ramped up in high gear.

For you, what do you usually say to folks about Christmas?  I mean, as a Real Christian Businessman, how do you say goodbye to other people that you see?

At work?

At the store?

Do you say Happy Holidays… because you are afraid of offending someone?  Do you say Merry Christmas – sometimes?… because you aren’t really sure if the other person may take it the wrong way?  I am fortunate enough to work at a Christian non-profit organization so saying Merry Christmas at work is as natural as saying good morning to someone.

As a Real Christian Businessman, I think saying Merry Christmas is a great opportunity to let people know your faith without offending them.

Have you ever said Merry Christmas and someone has looked at you and said “that’s offensive – please don’t speak to me like that.” Or have they turned to you and said “please don’t say that to me I don’t celebrate Christmas”.  Even if they HAD replied to you in one of these ways, you would not really have offended them because you probably didn’t even know their position on the subject in the first place.

If we are to truly balance our faith with our work, saying Merry Christmas to any and all people we see will not be offensive as much as it will be an easy testament to who we are and what we stand for.

So as you go about your life over these next few days, be confident and bold in how you speak by saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone that you see.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 KJV

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