As we dive into the Advent Season, I know that I need the reminder of the Reason for the Season. The reminder that the season is about the Christ Child and not at all about the tree and decorations, the gifts, the food, or the cheesy music or movies. I need to remember that this season is about love and the ultimate gift; the gift of perfection, of a sinless life, and the birth of our Savior.
I am a worry-wart. I worry about work, family, friends, money, dinner, pets, my house, my car. Yeah, if it can be worried about or over analyzed, I have worried or over analyzed it. It is a problem that binds me up, inside and out. I stress and instead of taking it to Jesus and saying “Hey, I need help here”, I try to handle it all myself.
The Holidays probably bring out the worst in me and my worry-wart/over analyzing self. And this year has been no different to date. Thanksgiving was a good holiday, but a stressful one, filled with situations and scenarios that-for the most part-I had zero control over. I burnt the turkey to a crisp-my fault. I had to buy a pre-cooked one from Billy’s at 8AM (Thank you, Billy, for taking care of me!!!). We were all over the city of Columbus, picking up and dropping off kids. Our planned schedule did not happen and we were late and had to leave early. It was a way too early morning and a way too late night.
I stressed. I over analyzed. And I may or may not have cried a little.
So, all I want for Christmas is consistent quiet time to remind me of the Reason for the Season. My time with my sweet friend, Jesus, brings me peace. It grounds me. It reminds me that He uses our weaknesses to show His strength. Time with Jesus reminds me that my identity is found in Him and not in the cleanliness of my home, the fickleness of teenagers, the traditions of the holidays and the melding of the traditions of two families, or the number of gifts under the tree.
All I want for Christmas is to remember that the greatest gift I can give is love and compassion. And the greatest gift I can give myself is the reminder that Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so.