DON’T MISS THE MAIN EVENT!
Someone asked me last week what I was looking forward to this holiday season. I said I was looking forward to it being over. Do you ever feel like that? There’s too much to do, too much to buy, too much to plan and way too much to squeeze into too short a time. That’s not the answer I want to have, but it was how I was feeling at the time. So here is my encouragement to myself and anyone else who is tempted to miss the main event by getting lost in the details.
Don’t miss the point
When it comes down to it, Christmas isn’t about the parties, the presents or the traditions. It’s a celebration of the generosity of God coming to live among us as a human. It’s about the fact that he was born just like the rest of us. He suffered like the rest of us. In fact, he experienced all the joys and sorrows of life that we go through – including obligations and holiday celebrations and the death of those he loved.
Don’t miss the moments
Slowing down and being present in the moment may take practice, but it is worth it. Have some tea by the fire and breath. Sit together by the tree. Embrace helping your child study for finals. Engage in worship at church as if you were in the presence of God himself, because you are! Look up from your phone at the people around you in line. Maybe pray for them and look for an opportunity to bless someone. You never know the difference it could make.
Don’t miss the opportunity
Christmas is a time people will go to church if you invite them. Who is in your life that needs to know God as he truly is? As he has revealed himself to be through this Christmas child? Invite them personally. Yes, you can share it on social media too, but a personal invite to a specific service is best. (GET INFO HERE) It might change their life! And if you don’t have anyone to invite, don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer to help out. We need extra help greeting and caring for the children of all these visitors. VOLUNTEER HERE.
Remember, Christmas is about the generosity of God giving himself to us. Every act of generosity with your time, gifts, money and service reflects the image of the one who gave himself for you and me and all those who don’t know yet. To give a generous year end gift, CLICK HERE.