All seem to say
Throw cares away
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
Scroll through your Instagram feed, click through Facebook pictures, pin a million different holiday activities and decorations.
Sometimes it gets too easy to see the perfectly decorated trees, the delicious picture perfect sweets, the twinkling lights, and entirely miss tiny baby Jesus in the manger.
It’s easy to feel the need to strive and strive and strive. To decorate perfectly, host generously, and make the best of memories with your family and friends. It starts to feel like a tall order of Christmas activities that need to be checked off one by one.
So this Christmas season, I’m going to encourage you to strive less. Wrap those presents with a heart that remembers that Jesus is the gift God sent to us. A gift all wrapped up in a tiny, precious baby. A baby who would someday grow to be a man (though no ordinary man) that would die on the cross to save us from our sins. He gave us the greatest gift of all. The gift of eternal life.
So if that doesn’t just hit you hard, right there, right at the center of your heart, then maybe read it again.
We don’t have to strive to do more this Christmas season because we have already been given the greatest gift ever. All we need to do now is accept
that gift and share with others!
So while I have of course set up a twinkling Christmas tree, wrapped presents, baked cookies, and plan on enjoying time with family and friends, I’m also trying to focus a little less on the glitz and a little more on the Christ child. The gift that we don’t have to, and shouldn’t, only celebrate at Christmas.
If you are looking for some awesome encouragement for your heart and soul this Christmas, I’d love to point you towards two great reads. The first is She Reads Truth. They have wonderful devotional series and always right on target, pointing to Jesus with love and grace. The second is Ann Voskamp’s book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. This family centered book works to recapture the sacredness of the Advent season, and beautifully illustrates that everything, from the beginning of time, had been pointing towards the arrival of our Savior. Check them out and be encouraged and blessed this Christmas season. Let’s aim for acceptance of the gift of the Christ child, and a little less of the check list striving!
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