Especially at Christmas time it’s easy to get swept up in the super sonic pace and lose sight of our true purpose in life – to worship God and to glorify Him in all that we do. We all enter the Christmas season with great intentions saying, “This year will be different! This year, I’m really going to try to remember the Reason for the season.” But year after year we somehow get tossed around by the hustle and bustle and end up disappointed. Like the proverbial airline pilot who tells his passengers over the loud speaker, “I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is we are way off course and I have no idea where we are going. The good new is we have a strong tail wind and we are making great time.” During this fast-pace season it’s easy to get off track and once you’re off, the enemy has a strong tail wind that can take you to an undesired destination very quickly.
So this Christmas season I’d like to offer you a challenge to help you “grow in the grace and knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:11). Since each of our needs is different, the challenge is to choose at least one of the following to help you stay rooted in Christ…
• Place three scripture memory verses in your car, kitchen, or makeup mirror (where most of us will be spending lots of time this season). Commit to memorizing those verses by January 1st and watch how God uses those verses as a conduit for His truth in your life and in the lives of those around you.
• Be gracious (i.e. be nice, not naughty) by allowing love and gratitude for the eternal life Christ has so graciously given you to overflow via your words and actions into the lives of everyone you meet. And why not boldly share the message of the Gospel with someone? Our troubled world could use some really Good News.
• For some of us Christmas can be a difficult time for countless reasons. So if you find that your heart is heavy – each time you feel worried or in pain, immediately offer it all into the capable hands of your Heavenly Father who loves you and cares for every hair on your head… not to mention that He has more resources to deal with your issues. His desire is for you to be whole and fully connected to Him in every circumstance.
Each of these challenges has something in common – removing the focus from “self” and placing it where it needs to be; on Christ. How you choose to spend your time this season is not about choosing good over evil (I don’t think that is where we struggle). It’s about distinguishing between better and best. It’s about discerning where to spend your energy in areas that really count. This means being gracious and surrendering all your worries, needs, emotions, pains, bad moods, impulses, etc. so that you can stay focused on Him rather than being swept away by the winds of circumstances that can blow you off course… again.
So take the challenge and stay on course by staying connected with the True Source of a meaningful Christmas!