The festivities are well on the way for the Christmas period, and there have been a few times recently that I have heard people say that they can’t wait for the holidays (including myself)
People love this time of year because they want to spend time with family, or to take that vacation, or maybe, they love the nostalgia of trying to recreate childhood memories, with their loved ones
Yet, whatever the reason, the catchphrase that Christian’s love to say at this time of year is “Jesus is the reason for this season” But, we too can get caught up in the festivities that we honestly forget to spend time with God.
How easy is it to start planning the Christmas production at school or church and get caught up with it all? Or we want to rehearse for the Christmas Carols…We also, then, can’t forget to go Christmas shopping…Don’t forget wrapping the presents…What about cramming in that last minute coffee with a friend…Or food preparations…the list goes on
This morning, I was reading the Bible, and I felt led to the book of James, and the Scripture below came to my mind. So often we are reminded that Jesus is the reason, but we are living at 100-miles-per-hour, to try and get it all done, that although Jesus is in this season, we forget, actually, to breathe with Him
Friends, I took the last couple of weeks to breathe and to reflect, but I also asked myself that if I wasn’t wanting to draw close to God, then why was I actually doing the things, that I stated were for His glory, in the first place? We always have a choice to put God first
This season is all about Jesus, so my prayer today is that, we will spend less time on the stuff that really doesn’t matter, and more time with God. He created us, for Him…that’s it…life can be as straightforward, or as crazy as we allow it to become. But, I want to encourage us to not get too caught up, that before we know it, another season has gone by, and God has become but a distant “to do” list, that the world has (again) taken over our priorities
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James 4:8