Friday, December 17, 2010

I’m over it

Not Christmas; never, ever, ever will I be over that. 
I’m over all the extra baggage that comes with Christmas.  The trappings and distractions and noise, noise, noise.  I know, you might think I’m starting to sound like the Grinch.  That’s not my intent.  I love this time of year.  I love the decorations.  I love the parties.  I love the cookies.  I love the cookies too much.
Most of all, I love it because of what this season means:  God’s love coming to earth for us, for you and for me.  And I guess that’s why I’m over all the other stuff.  Because the other stuff is really good at keeping me from seeing Jesus this season.  All that other stuff causes me to be distracted from the reason God sent his son in the first place.  I guess I notice this most when I’m out and about, people seem to be at their grumpiest this time of year.  They seem frazzled and frantic and stressed.  God didn’t send his to us so we could get mad about that certain toy being out of stock, or obsess about our perfectly decorated house, or be snippy and in a hurry.  Why is that?  Why do we make Christmas so difficult?  I know I’m often guilty of this, of focusing on the wrong thing and getting downright snippy when things don’t according to my Christmas plans.  I wonder if Mary and Joseph felt that way?
Christmas is about how God sent his son, not so things could be perfect, the tree just right and everyone happy and all that.  Because, let’s face it, that doesn’t always happen anyway.  God sent his son so that I could know him.  God sent his son so that I could have new life.  God sent his son so that I could share that new life with others.  God sent his son, in his great grace and mercy to ordinary folks like you and me.  God sent his son out of love, and because it was the only way for us to become right with him.
To me that message causes all the other stuff Christmas to loose their sparkle.  The excess of Christmas masks the deeper meaning and so many of us miss that.  The excess of Christmas is a great distractor and I’m beginning to think that the enemy knows that.  He knows that if there is enough sparkle, enough on the calendar, and enough under the tree then we’ll look at those things rather than at the Savior. 
So I’ve had enough.  I’m slowing down so I can focus on the true heart of this advent season.  I’m going to purpose daily to take time to be quiet, to hear God.  I’m going to go about my day watching for God.  That’s the point of advent anyway, watching and waiting for God.  It’s taking God’s love out and sharing it with others; with our families, our neighbors, our friends, and those who are in need.
Yeah, I’ll still going to enjoy the other things but I’m going to be more purposeful about the most important thing.


  1. Well said. We've had a big change of heart over here too. We're SO over it, and we're not apologizing for it either.

  2. Let's hear it for giving the boot to the extra baggage!


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