I’ve really struggled with various things this year in this busy season of preparing for Christmas. And right in the midst of it all, I had a moment of clarity today. I remembered the reason we celebrate, and realized that none of this busy-ness truly matters. At least not enough to lose my joy or distract me from worshipping God for who he is and what he’s done. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure many things are good and worthy things to do, but none of it matters if it makes you lose sight of what is TRULY worthy of your time and attention.
We celebrate Christmas because of the amazing gift given to us all in Jesus… It’s all because of who he is, how he came to be our Emmanuel, God with us, and what he did in restoring us to right relationship with God, our creator. So, when you find yourself adrift and frustrated, or upset and spread too thin, stop and consider why you’re doing what you’re doing and decide to either change your attitude, or change what you’re doing. Remember that we have received a gift that is too amazing for words – better than anything you could find under a tree, and its joy lasts forever.
Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
Wow, do I need the power of God’s spirit in me to pull this one off with my family. It’s not that I’m short tempered and unkind all the time, quite the opposite, but get emotions running high and its only the spirit of God in me that could stop the train. That shouldn’t be the case. These are people that God has entrusted to me to care for and love.
Lord, I need your help to change my ways. I don’t want to be yelling angry wife, mom or anything anymore, ever. Put your hand over my mouth and stop me when emotions run high so I can act in your strength and with your love. I know that with you all things are possible… And with you is the only way I do any good at all. 🙂
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. John 12:46
In order to see colors, we must have light. When the light is dim, everything appears to be monochrome, but the colors are still there, just unseen by our limited human vision.
In that way, light is a beautiful illustration of the kingdom of God – for the power and influence of Jesus to make things that were previously unnoticed and invisible seem bright as day. Before I knew Jesus, I didn’t think much about the beauty of creation. Now, I am filled with wonder at the tiny acorn that needs only soil, light and water to become the mighty oak tree. I’m amazed at the beauty and variety in nature, so many plants and animals, there’s so much to see and be amazed at. These things were always there, and always just as amazing, I was just without the light to enable me to see the beauty of their colors in my monochrome world.
The beauty and mystery of the Kingdom of God is that it is both coming and already here – and we see glimpses of it, like suddenly being able to see a form of light that had previously gone undetected. We are surrounded by God’s love, by his creation and provision for us, and it often goes unnoticed, like something outside our perception. As we turn our lives God-ward, developing our relationship and dependence on him, our hearts become attuned to see on his wavelength.