12 Ways to Live the Christmas Spirit: #8 Decide What You Will and Won’t Do

Oh, the purchase conundrum—your cash budget has run out, but you still have that last gift to buy. What are you going to do?

This is a simple budgeting dilemma, but a perfect illustration for deciding what you will (and won’t) do in life. In addition to knowing what you’re all about, what are the ideas you want to live by—the way you want to live life.

#8 Way to Live the Christmas Spirit: Decide What You Will and Won’t Do

Today, on this eighth day of Christmas, it is time to make a decision about how you’re going to reach your goals.

You may have a mission, but do you know what you’re going to do when things get difficult: If you don’t, you very well could make the wrong decision.

The problem with ethics is that many of us don’t think about them until we have already compromised. Think ahead and you’re far more likely to be the kind of person you want to be.

Being Ethical—Writing It Down

In the beginning of Jesus’ Economy, we wrote down exactly how we will operate.

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We must all say “back then” what we will and won’t do, so that we can live by it now.

Do yourself a huge favor in life. Write down today a working draft—just to get things started—of what you will and won’t do to meet your goals. Frame certain parts in the positive—the old “I will give it my all”—and other parts in the negative: “I won’t compromise my belief in Christ or deny Him.”

Let your yes be yes, and your no be no. Someone very wise once said that. Isn’t there a holiday coming up about Him? 

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John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. It is widely endorsed by Christian leaders from around the world.