Christmas: How Will You Celebrate? The World’s Way or the True Way?
Christmas has to be one of my favorite times of year. I love decorating, singing & listening to Christmas music, eating Christmas foods, enjoying getting together with family, and of course celebrating the birth of Jesus! This time of year is a time of celebration, but it can also be a time of depletion, chaos, and stress. Everyone running out to the stores to buy up the latest deals to take home, wrap up, and give away as gifts, as well as stressing over trying to make sure that you see ALL of your family during the holidays, can cause many to break during this time of year. Sometimes just the utterance of “Christmas” can cause one to break out in tears, throw out a few “bah humbugs”, and lock themselves inside their house till mid-January. Doesn’t sound very celebratory does it? Sometimes we get so caught up in the business of Christmas, that we forget what it is all about. I think this is what leaves us burned out, out of gas, and depleted at the end of Christmas. Listen to the words of God from Jeremiah 31:25, “I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish.” This is HOPE. God promises to satisfy & replenish us. When we feel burned out, we can turn to God and be rejuvenated. When we feel stressed, we can turn to God and be given peace. When we feel as if we are stretched beyond our limits, we can turn to God and be renewed. How awesome is that?
How do we do that though? I believe that during this time of year (Christmas), if we will take our focus off of the world’s way of Christmas and start focusing on the true way of Christmas, we will feel our stress melt away. I believe we will start to see the joy & peace return to our lives, and we will have more than enough life within us to enjoy this season. Christmas is about celebrating Jesus Christ. It is about worshipping our Lord & Savior. It is about the wonder of the miracle of His birth, and the anticipation of His return! It is about knowing how much He gave to us, and seeking to give into the lives of others. It is about the love of God that was displayed through an infant in a manger, and passing that love on to other people. Christmas is about the joy that is found in Jesus, and wanting to give other people that same joy. Christmas is not about how many gifts are under the tree. It isn’t about whether or not Santa likes sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies better. It isn’t about the PS3 or the Xbox. It is about JESUS CHRIST!
I challenge you to stop and refocus, if you are feeling stretched beyond your limits, stressed to the max, and depleted. Allow God to satisfy you and replenish you. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Merry Christmas everyone!