I think everyone would agree- Christmas is special. Regardless of your level of faith, the holiday brings a wonder of warmth, family, and giving to others. The feeling of Christmas is hard to describe. For children it may be focused on the gifts, and with age, the focus shifts to family, friends and the gathering together of loved ones. There is a special love that surrounds this most special holiday.
What is this love?
Where does it come from?
Why does it feel so good?
I believe that the wonder and that feeling of warmth and love is a glimpse of our Father’s love. Unconditional. Complete. Without any strings or requirements. Like the love of a grandfather. An enveloping warm blanket. No matter where you are in your life frustrations, this love seems to power through on Christmas.
There is someone who wants to distract you from all of this. By making you crazy in trying to keep up with everyone else. By trying to make you think that it’s all about the gifts. By keeping you super busy so you will not have time to concentrate on what the holiday is really about.
He is the prince of the air. The enemy. He wants to steal your Christmas. He is the expert in distraction. He wants you to concentrate on the gifts and the decorations. The chaos. The commercialized and prepackaged Christmas. He wants you to fret about your gift not being good enough. He wants you to doubt and worry.
See this is all in his plan. If he can get you to concentrate on the present- you will miss the eternal. And he does it with glitter, gold, garland, lace, cashmere, and trinkets. Christmas is sensory overload. And I believe that it is not by coincidence.
So what can you do to win?
Take back Christmas! Realize that your struggle is not yours. Focus on the beauty of this holiday. Slow down and don’t get sucked in. Make it about Christmas day. The birth of our Savior. His warmth. His love!
I pray that your Christmas will be a wonderous time of peace and warmth with your family and friends. May he cover you in His AMAZING blanket of love and grace! Merry Christmas!
Copyright © 2013. Leading by Serving- Leadership is for Everyone!. All rights reserved.