12 Ways to Live the Christmas Spirit: #10 Live by Principles

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And for some, that means walking into a family mess. Establishing principles will help you through any circumstance.

Way #10 to Live the Christmas Spirit: Live by Principles

When you establish principles to live by, you’re setting up guiding ideas for each and every circumstance. You’re deciding ahead of time the type of person you are. You’re giving “future you” a road map.

On this tenth day of Christmas, take twenty minutes to draft up a set of principles you would like to live by. Ask yourself questions like, “What ideas do I believe could guide me in the future?” and “What beliefs do I want to stick to no matter what?” and “How do I want to operate in my home and at work?”

Being What You Believe

Once you have principles drafted up, you can refine them. In addition, you can reference them down the road. They will help you when things become challenging or frustrating.

In the beginning of Jesus’ Economy, we drafted up—and then instituted—a set of principles. We then made these public, so that the entire world could hold us accountable to them.

Some of Our Principles
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There is something freeing about transparently saying what ideas you will hold onto, no matter what. I hope you take the time today to write down your principles because they will be a helpful guide for you in the future. And who knows, your principles could keep you from saying something you will regret this Christmas day.


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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.