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Last year I breathed a sigh of relief after we took down the Christmas
decorations. To be honest with you, it is easy for me to lose perspective
during the Christmas season. For me it isn't the commercialism that is
the issue. In my family, we settled that issue years ago. Yes, we spend
money like everybody else, but we try to be moderate in our spending. We
don't engage in spending competitions or confuse how much we spend on someone
with how much we love them. Our rule of thumb is simple: we don't put more
on our credit cards than we can pay off when the bill arrives.
But even after settling the commercialism issue, something remains that
gets in my way some years, and definitely got in my way last year. Busyness.
Christmas is a very busy season. The shopping takes time and so does Church
and work activities. Some years we go to half dozen parties or more. Each
of them important, but each of them take time. Add to those demands the
time it takes to honor family traditions and it can be overwhelming.
It reminds me a bit of the first time I bit into a chocolate Easter
bunny and discovered that it was hollow. It looked thick, but the chocolate
was only a thin veneer covering the emptiness. After the sigh last year,
I felt empty. I felt like I'd wasted a remarkable opportunity to draw nearer
to God and marinate in His grace. In that moment, I resolved not to waste
this Christmas on endless activity. Oh, I doubt if my schedule changes
any--that's not the point. It is how I choose to approach the activities.
Instead of checking them off my to do list, I'm going to relish every moment
and rediscover the awe in the season-to replace a sigh of relief with a
gasp of discovery.
God became man to bring salvation to the world.
Luke 2:10 NIV "But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring
you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
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