Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15: 12 Pearls of Christmas: Just God

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Today is Day Three of the 12 Pearls of Christmas. Thanks to Mary Byers for sharing her heart!

A Tangible Reminder
by Mary Byers

Last year I read Me, Myself, & Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer, creator of the Veggie Tales video series. I was interested because my children grew up on Veggie Tales. But I was also interested because somewhere along the way I noticed Phil Vischer was no longer with Big Idea, the company he founded. I knew there must be a story there, so I picked up the book.

Though millions of children can sing the Veggie Tales theme song, Big Idea no longer exists. After expanding too quickly, the company was forced into bankruptcy. Vischer writes about the experience in his book, which is part memoir and part business tutorial. And it's a touching example of how one man encountered grit and allowed it to be turned into grace.

At the end of the book, Vischer outlines the lessons he learned from the rise and fall of Big Idea. In part, he shares, "I was ready to be done, if that's what God wanted. To just rest in him and let everything else fall away. At long last, after a lifetime of striving, God was enough. Not God and impact or God and ministry. Just God."

His words convicted me. As an author and speaker, I realized that I'm often more focused on my deadlines or my next speaking engagement than I am on God. I have it backwards. God first, then everything else will fall into place.

It's a powerful message for us as women, too. When we focus on God first, we'll have everything we need to handle whatever is happening in our families and our lives. As Vischer reminds us, God is enough. As we approach Christmas, I'm reminded that this is the time when God shared his Son with us-a tangible reminder of his love for us. And a reminder that when we have him, we have everything we need.

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Mary Byers is the author of 'Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family Under One Roof.' She offers advice and encouragement for moms work from home for profit at www.makingworkathomework.com.

You can check out and order Mary's book here.


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7 comments:

Carmen7351 said...

Since I don't have small children, I've not seen any of the Veggie Tales, but I hear they are wonderful! Even my unsaved relatives have them for their kids!

Jo said...

What a wonderful giveaway.

Blessings,
Jo
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HollyMag said...

I still love the Veggie Tales and singing their songs and watching the videos. My husband has a Bob the Tomato Tie. It's very fun.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Blessings,
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Deborah said...

My kids grew up on Veggie Tales too. I loved them. I hadn't heard about this situation. It really goes to prove that we are only human and in everywhere in our life we need to make sure we put God first. Please enter me in the drawing.
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Lee said...

Love Veggie Tales, didn't realise Vischer wasn't with them anymore. Will have to get the book and read his story.

hippmom said...

How interesting. I am enjoying these Pearls of CHristmas.

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ossmcalc said...

The 12 Pearls of Christmas for the Grieving really hit home with me. There are just so many things going wrong. The anniversary of my mom's death is this Saturday, my father is in the hospital, I have 3 autoimmune diseases and facing surgery, etc. I appreciate the Pearls to help me make it through the holidays.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

 
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