Let The Fun Begin
By the time you finish reading this post, you may think I am a bit of a Grinch, but I’m not really! I remember a time – decades ago, that Christmas prep didn’t start until after Thanksgiving and the whole holiday season was a lot simpler. Of course, I also remember when I used to save blue chip and green stamps and redeem them to help defray the cost of holiday presents! (Boy, that made me feel older than dirt!) I am not saying that there is anything wrong with Holiday Huplah; and I fully believe Family Traditions are important. What I am saying is this:
- Now that the Holiday rush is officially on, let us not forget the reason for the season: GRATEFULNESS AND THE GLORIFICATION OF CHRIST
- When we make our Holiday decisions, we need to ask ourselves: 1. Is this really important? 2. Does this decision fit in with my spiritual, relational, and even financial goals? 3. Is the stress really worth it? 4. Is this a “tradition” that needs to be continued on? 5. Am I trading a “instant gratification” for long term burdens (especially financially)?
- Most importantly: Do my holiday plans glorify Christ? Do my holiday plans reinforce relationships with those I love, or just the opposite?
- What about acts of service to celebrate this season?
My goal today is not to be a “bah-humbug” Grinch, but to give us pause for thought. It is so easy to think we “have” to do something… Or that it is the “expected” thing… Only, to walk away with regrets. Also, the holidays bring up many things for many people. We need to be aware of that and not just stuff our emotions: bring them to the light; take them to the Lord and allow Him to do a healing work in our lives. At Teen Challenge, we do groups with our students to deal with their emotions around the holidays. We also ask them to take a look at new traditions that glorify the Lord and promote healthy relationships. Along with keeping Christ at the center, we need to be kind to ourselves! Remember, you are important as well. I want to encourage all of us to do what is right for our families; remembering that the right order of things is God first, family second and everything else after that.
As this holiday season gets going, I want to personally wish you all the BEST – His best! I am reminded of the scripture that teaches us to seek Him first, His righteousness, and all these other things will fall into place – the right way. (my paraphrase) #morethanjustsurvivingtheholidays