It is that time again when we scurry to get the fall décor set out, then hurry and shove the fall décor back into its hidden place in the attic and replace it with our Christmas stuff. We have endless grocery shopping to do, and those Christmas checklists aren’t going to check themselves off their own list.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday mayhem that we lose sight of real meanings. For most, the holidays are strenuous, but at the same time fulfilling. For you parents out there, I am sure you have that ONE toy your child desperately wants and you have to travel to what seems like a thousand stores to find it. By the time you get that toy in your hand, you never want to see it again. That all changes when you see your child’s face lights up as he or she sees that toy they’ve longed for. The battle that took place to find that toy was more than worth it.
That’s just how the holidays seem for most. We run around getting all the food, spend countless hours making sure our house is perfectly set up for company. But when everyone is there the food is cooked, it's each other's company we enjoy the most. The work was worth it. Maybe that’s how our life really is….
We work every day to make sure that bills are paid. We work to provide food for our families. We work to provide a good life for our children and ourselves; we tidy up around the house to make sure it's livable, and the list goes on. After all our work is completed we reap the fruits of our labor. I remember when I first started my magazine. There were so many tears that were shed, countless moments of uncertainty and definitely moments of insanity. But, with a goal in mind I kept pressing forward, trusting in God's plan.
I was informed that I have been awarded the “2017 Excellence in Journalism Award” from The Farm Bureau. What a blessing and honor. It would have not have been possible without all my readers, writers, advertisers, graphic designer, husband and, most importantly, the Good Lord. I look back to when I started almost four years ago and I see the fruits of "our" labor. I say "our" and not "mine" because this magazine is as much mine as it is yours. Without you this would not have been possible. I thank God for all I have every day and all He has given me and allowed me to do.
So, whatever it is that you are stressing about right now to get done, keep pressing forward. Everything in life takes work. It's that endless pressing, where you stay on the path that will put a smile on your face - and someone eles’s. God gave us life to enjoy. This holiday season, enjoy going to the store to prepare a meal - some don’t have anyone to cook for, others cannot afford to buy a meal. Enjoy time with family even if its crazy and maybe not everyone gets along all that well - some have no family to share the holidays with.
Cliché as it sounds, the holidays are a time of giving (although I think every day should be). Try to give to someone in need this holiday season and place a smile on someone’s face, even if it requires a little more work on your end. Thank God every day for what you have because you never know when it will be gone.
Thank you again for reading, supporting, and believing in the Ag Mag
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