Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas on Purpose: keep the main thing the main thing

We are just coming back from a wonderful week away with family.  There was rich food, riotous, laughter, late nights, shopping, and more.  It was wonderful.
family shoot web
(sneak peak of family pics my sister took)
We came home late last night, grateful and happy and ready to be sleeping in our own beds.  But this morning reality hit me.  It could be a lingering head cold that is clouding my thinking, but I think it’s just mostly the overwhelming urge to do.  Make lists, go shopping, finish setting out the Christmas décor, do laundry, etc, etc, etc.  In an instant I was snapping at the kids and feeling frazzled.
Thankfully, gracefully, the still small voice of the Lord broke through. 
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
Be happy, be praying, be thankful-no matter what.  No matter the circumstances, drippy noses and to do lists and laundry up to our ears.  Give thanks.  Be happy.  Pray. 
That’s all God wants me to do today.  And in the gratitude my stresses melt away.  And the thankfulness causes me to remember that Jesus did not come so that I could be a basket case over all that I feel like I have to do this season.  He didn’t come so my twinkle lights would hang just right.  Or so the cookies wouldn’t burn.  Or so that I could shop for perfect gifts for everyone on my list.
He came because this world was desperate for a savior, was dying in sin and didn’t even know it.  He came to extend grace and mercy and peace.  He came because of love.
Today I am challenged to keep the main thing the main thing this Christmas.  If it’s decorated just so or not, if the house is clean or not, if the presents are all wrapped super nice, or not.  None of that really matters, especially if I focus on those instead of on the life giving gift of my savior.  The gift that Jesus brings is what matters, and that is it.
Don’t get overwhelmed, don’t go into a tizzy, today just be happy and pray and be thankful. 


  1. A great and timely Word from His heart to ours!
    And you are right! Gratitude and thankfulness expressed does melt away the stresses!

    Love you!

  2. Not 30% gray :D. I enjoy seeing your posts and helping keep things in perspective!

  3. "Jesus did not come so that I could be a basket case over all that I feel like I have to do this season."
    i just touched on this in my recent post. i just realized that i don't need to try to out-do God with advent plans and intentional gifts and everything else i typically do at Christmas. Jesus is enough. i have Got to embrace that!


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