As we approach Christmas it’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday spirit. All of our families have sweet traditions, checklists, houses to prep for guest, decorations to hang, and gifts to make and purchase. With all that clouds our minds let us not not cloud our hearts.
The reason for this season is the celebration of Jesus birth yet for so many families this is an afterthought instead of a primary focus.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
This is a wonderful time to reflect on creating peace with people and being a little kinder, empathetic and showing good will. Always remembering that we are giving Glory to God and should be pointing people and our hearts back to him.
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means God is with us). Matthew 1:23
What a great time to reflect on the fact that Jesus came so that God could be with us! Even if you find yourself thinking of the loved ones who aren’t here with you (which tends to weigh heavy during the holidays) God is with you, to comfort you, to provide peace and understanding.
We should be looking for ways to reflect on God’s word everyday up until Christmas. It’s a great reminder of why Jesus came, what his life was all about, and why it’s so important to our lives to reflect on Him. Read aloud scripture and stories at breakfast or dinner or cut off the radio in the car and just talk with your children about Jesus birth and life and what it means for you all as a family. The best gift we can give our children is the gift of discipleship. Continue to cultivate their hearts and minds (and yours too) to keep God a priority in their lives. All the other stuff is secondary and TONS of fun but keep the main thing, the main thing. Happy Holidays!!!