The most common question these last few days: Are you ready for Christmas? I know what I’m being asked . . . have I sent Christmas cards . . . baked goodies . . . bought and wrapped gifts . . . decorated . . . checked off all my lists? My answer is “kinda-sorta,” a word used by one of my co-workers. It’s actually a great word; I plan on using it when I’ve not accomplished my list or put my good intentions into action. And. I will admit, I’ve never accomplished it all; my answer has always been “kinda-sorta,” though I’ve always wanted to have it all done.
But. I’ve learned. While it’s fun to do the Christmas stuff, it’s not necessary. I now try to do at least one holiday to-do that brings joy to myself, family, and friends. I don’t want to spend the Christmas season stressed because I did not accomplish something. And. There’s so much more to Christmas. It’s found when we seek God in quiet moments.
Taking time to be quiet, surrendering the stuff, focusing on the Word of God will bring a calm in the midst of the rush and stress of it all, changing the experience of Christmas, defining what matters.
This morning, I turned to the familiar words of John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (NLT). And. In the quietness of seeking God, there was a moment of clarity, when John 3:16 made more sense than ever, defining Christmas:
God stepped into our world, loving us, giving to us, saving us. And. It was wrapped up in the gift of baby Jesus.
Thank you God, I’m ready this Christmas be more aware of Your gift to the world. I love you Jesus! Amen.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God, ready for Christmas,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)