There was a funny article on Yahoo! Parenting the other day about a young girl’s frustrated confrontation with the tooth fairy who had forgotten to pick up her tooth and leave money. It was really a cute article and touched briefly on how children react when coming to terms about what is fantasy and what is real. Parents often go to great lengths to keep fantasies going in an effort to prolong the magic of childhood. I remember the Christmas I was about 10 years old and was beginning to doubt the existence of Santa. We had a tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve with extended family and opening one or two gifts at midnight. Sometimes if my mom was really in the Christmas spirit we could even open gifts when we got home. This particular Christmas she let us open everything under the tree. I remember being so excited going to bed that night with all my new stuff. On Christmas morning, my mother woke us up bright and early for breakfast. Imagine our surprise when we passed the Christmas tree that morning and saw that it was overflowing with gifts. Yes, my belief in Santa was strengthened. It was one of my best Christmases ever. I believed in Santa for several years after that Christmas.
Looking back on that in adult eyes, I am glad to know the real reason behind why we celebrate at this time of year. I am even more excited to know that the true magic of Christmas is not attached to any gift I could ever give or receive, but the love God has for mankind.
Do you have any Christmas memories you would like to share?
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
There is no shortage of articles on maintaining weight, health or sanity during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It is not difficult to get caught up in the stress of the season as we search for the perfect gift or recipe, as we prepare our home for visitors or our families for travel.
Here are some tips we wanted to pass along to help you deal with holiday stress:
- Be sure to get enough rest. Not just sleep, but actual downtime where you disconnect and take a
moment to breathe.
- Organize your supplies and materials so they can be easily located when you need them.
- Remember that you cannot do everything. Delegate whenever possible.
- Make a list of what needs to be done. This will help keep you on track.
- Do not fall in to the “this (insert word here) has to be perfect” trap. Just do your best.
- Take a moment to reflect on the reason for all of the hustle and bustle – spending time with family and
friends as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
It’s the first Christmas I can remember. It arrived just seven weeks after the deaths of my father and baby sister. To make matters worse, it was in the heart of the Great Depression. Things were tough. All of us children who were older made what income contributions we could, but the truth was my mother had eight of her eleven remaining children still living at home, and six were too young to work. Understandably, the Ziglar kids were concerned about what kind of Christmas it would be!
The good news is that though our grief was fresh, we still celebrated Christmas. We received no toys that year, but much to my delight in my gift box I found three English walnuts and something I had never tasted before—raisins! They were absolutely delicious. Mama prepared her wonderful molasses candy and we had a small cedar tree. And my mother read the Christmas story, like she always did.
My sixth Christmas will always have great meaning to me. We celebrated the birth of Christ even in hard times because we believed in Christmas.
With all of the rush and stress associated with the Christmas season, Shelby Systems would like to encourage everyone to find the same joy of Christmas that the Ziglar family did by taking time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this Christmas day.
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
How much do you know about your Shelby Sales Guy? What are his interests, hobbies and favorite teams? How has his background equipped him to deal with the needs of ministries today? What would he say is the best part of being a Shelby sales guy? And most importantly, how can he help you and your ministry to be more fruitful in your mission work? Discover the answers to all of these questions and much more. Just look for your state listed below, and then click the corresponding picture to see a quick video. Have fun getting to know your Shelby Sales Guy!
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Many years ago legendary motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar created this graph to help promote a more balanced lifestyle. Mr. Ziglar states: “you must master some degree of success in each area of life before you can experience the true satisfaction of total success.” In his book “Born to Win,” Zig Ziglar gives us a list of life choices that may be popular, but in the end, do not lead to success.
What Success Isn’t:
1. Success isn’t missing dinner with the family several times a week because of working excessively.
2. Success isn’t rushing home from work and hiding out with the TV thinking, “After the day I’ve had, I need my space!”
3. Success isn’t about how to make more money when you already have more money than you can spend.
4. Success isn’t about going to church and ignoring everything you hear.
5. Success isn’t all work and no play.
6. Success isn’t about being so busy that you live on unhealthy fast food, served to you through little windows.
7. Success isn’t spending mental energy worrying about late projects, being home on time, your health, missing your child’s school play, being able to pay your bills, or finding joy in your life.
8. Success isn’t texting while you drive to catch up on your overloaded schedule.”
Shelby Systems wants to help you experience total success in your wheel of life. We provide the tools to help you do your work efficiently so that you can minister to others.
“Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do, it is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you.” – Zig Ziglar
Shelby Interview with Zig Ziglar: