Christmas is just a few days away and I told my husband last night there will be several unfinished projects wrapped under the tree this year. I enjoy the holiday season; the festive atmosphere, lights and trees, food and fellowship, even the gift giving – but our family has learned over time to scale things down, take a deep breath and chill out. We enjoy more relaxed days and I enjoy hand-making gifts now, more than shopping.
Last year I didn’t get my Christmas cards in the mail and this year I’m behind on several planned projects, but it doesn’t matter. If you knew me, then you would know how far I’ve come.
Christmas shouldn’t be a stressful time of year, yet for many that is exactly what it becomes. For years I couldn’t get through the holidays without tears – mostly because I had an agenda, the perfect plan – and usually my plans never worked out quite the way I envisioned them. Sadly, my perfectionist tendencies not only put a damper on the season for me, but also for those around me. For those reading who know me well – please forgive me, I’m a work in progress.
Over time our family has endeavored to shift our attention off the usual holiday hustle and bustle and onto the celebration of our Lord’s birth. Jesus has always been central to our family’s Christmas celebrations, but each year we have become more intentional about simplifying and shifting our focus on what really matters. As the bumper stickers say, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
And that is what brings me to today’s post – Jesus is so much more than the reason for the season – Jesus is the reason for LIFE!
I’ve been pondering this for several weeks now as I’ve listen to conversations, radio shows and sermons about how we’ve strayed so far from the true meaning of Christmas. I don’t disagree. It’s disheartening to me that amid the multitudes of Christmas decorations we are seeing fewer and fewer nativities. It is nearly impossible to find one in any kind of store today. You practically have to shop for them online, like they are contraband! But I digress…
What bothers me about the whole Jesus is the Reason campaign is why do we only see it or say it at this time of year? Okay and maybe Easter, but again HE is so much more than a remembrance for sacred holidays. I have a great respect for sacred days and festivals; the Bible is full of them. I believe strongly in reverent remembrances, but I am even more passionate about focusing on my Lord every day that He grants me life; another day to praise Him for all He has done and is doing.
- The light of the morning [2 Samuel 23:4]
- The lifter of my head [Psalm 3:3]
- My sanctuary [Isaiah 8:14]
- My counselor [Isaiah 9:6]
- My strength and my song [Isaiah 12:2]
- My refuge [Isaiah 25:4]
- My friend [Proverbs 18:24]
- My Father [Isaiah 9:6]
- My Life [John 14:6]
Jesus is the Reason for Life – not just a Season. May He be not only the focus of our Christmas, but the center of our every day and our every thought throughout the year.