It is the time from the beginning of November until after the beginning of the new year. There are so many things to do and be involved in, and we will be reacquainting ourselves with so many family and friends that we haven’t seen in so long. There will be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow (that just came to me). With everything we know that will happen, there are always those extra lovely things that creep into the schedule at the last minute, and they will add to the blur.
It really is “the most wonderful time of the year”, but it can also be a dangerous time of the year. We can get so caught up in everything that we miss it all and then around January 2nd we might be wondering where the time all went. It’s dangerous and sad to get caught in the blur.
Let me give you some tips of how you can know if your’e getting sucked in:
- You find yourself giving an inordinate amount of time thinking of and finding that perfect gift: This time of the year is about family, love, thanks, and blessings. If you’ve allowed yourself to become “that person” about gifts and their importance, stop it! If you give a gift, it needs to say I love you and cherish you. Having a bill that you get to pay until June of 2018 does not say I love and cherish you.
- You find yourself trying to coordinate everything so you can have the “perfect” holidays: The perfect holidays do not exist outside a soundstage in Hollywood. The weather is not always going to cooperate, kids aren’t ever going to cooperate, having the perfectly staged holiday table always takes second tier status to those who are seated around it and if you think that anyone is going to remember all the decking of your halls, you are overestimating people.
- You find yourself forgetting the big picture, while you tinker with the small picture: The tree, the music, the lights, the presents and all the periphery can take up so much time that we can forget our family, friends, church and Jesus Christ. There is a bigger picture here and if you get caught up in the blur, you will miss it.
Let me remind you of some of the scripture texts that are closely associated with this time of the year, so we won’t get caught in the blur:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Take a lot of time to give thanks and even more time giving peace and good will toward men, and you won’t get caught in the blur.
May God Richly Bless You and Yours,