Well, it is about this time each year that we all get into the old battle of Christmas. You know what I mean, it’s that honest desire to get back to what the holiday truly means, while all the while fighting the tide of commercialism, the “requirement” to get everyone on your list a gift (whether you really want to or not) and all the other miscellaneous society induced requirements of it all. Are you as tired of it as I am? Then I have a suggestion for you. Read on.
Christmas is a fun time for a lot of reasons. I know a lot of people like to do the shopping thing, enjoy all the lights, the parties, the tree, etc. There is nothing wrong with liking all those things. But (you knew it was coming, right) – how do we get back to that somewhere in your heart buried desire to truly connect to and honor the “reason for the season”? I have a suggestion for you, and it fits nicely with this month’s theme we are doing at The Chapel on “Simplify”.
Quit fighting the battle. Just quit fighting – I mean it. Quit trying to make this season be all about one process or another and simplify it by separating the two. Address each area in its own right, but do not confuse or lose either one. I know you are going to buy gifts, do the tree, and decorate the house. That’s fine – do it to the best of your ability and budget, and enjoy the festivity of it all. BUT, be very deliberate about intentionally making a plan to celebrate the birth of Christ and what that means to us all. How you do it is up to you, but JUST DO IT in a meaningful and simple way with your family.
Need suggestions? Well, you could do a daily reading, you could read about the songs of christmas, or how about spending time reading about the various traditions and how most all of them sprang from some religious beginning, yet have become so commercial. Whatever your topic (Google is your friend here folks), just make a plan and DO IT. I’m betting it will help you recover some of the lost effort of truly worshipping during this season, and possibly even relieve some of the stress. Whether it is a daily time, a weekly time, or just a topic this year, just do it.
Make a plan – then let us know what that plan is and I will share it with others in a future blog post. Tell me what you did, what you discovered and what God told you during this time. It will help us all. You can just post a paragraph on the one thing you will do this year. Let’s see how many people take the challenge and what ideas we come up with! Will you?????
I’m waiting for your post.