The holidays can bring out the best or the worst in all of us. We cram into our schedules unusual activities. We long for scenarios that may never happen even if it is Christmas. Or, our expectations are sky high from people that haven’t performed so well up to this point! We do things that on any other months of the year simply would not happen.
Why is this?
Is it true that “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?” My mother used to say that the whole world seemed to change for the better this time of year. It seemed to her that people acknowledged the Reason for the season. I think she was right. Things were prettier, people were nicer, the flow of society was happier and gentler as anticipation grew toward Christmas.
The Judeo-Christian values were held dear in most of society and these values governed so much of our behavior. That is all changed and now more than ever, we must focus on our own individual journeys with Jesus to cope with the world as it is. As believer, we must remain faithful to Him and choose Him when much of society isn’t. We truly have to decide to follow Jesus on a daily basis.
With that in mind, maybe the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are more important than ever.
Let’s not allow the darkness to do what darkness does. Darkness will creep into your soul and make you cynical of all that’s happy and bright and the good will that is still here on this earth. Even today at church, someone was asking us how she could quit focusing on all the bad in the world.
Here’s 8 tips for holiday help:
- Stay with Jesus – If you aren’t in the habit of a daily time, now is the time to start. There are all kinds of Christmas Bible reading plans online. Find one and start it. If you are in this habit already, then keep it going all the more during this season.
- Enjoy the Body of Christ – If regular church attendance is already part of your life, keep that going too. Be at your local church as often as the church holiday schedule allows. Our religious freedom is a gift and corporate worship is God’s idea.
- Pray for the lost – Your friends and family who don’t yet know Him need your prayers. You may have a divine opportunity around them these next few weeks. You’ll be ready for it if you’ve spent time with the Father.
- Play the sacred Christmas carols – “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” will be heard a thousand times on any radio station. Raise the essence of the season and download some gorgeous, choral or orchestral music, and enjoy the grandeur of these long held hymns of Christmas.
- Love the ones your with – Be kind, and use manners with those you’re around every day. You will feel better about yourself and your relationship with the Lord.
- Teach the old – Christmas carols, old movies, poetry from days gone by, old recipes and traditions are all ways to share lasting beliefs. Snuggle up and share story books of Jesus coming to earth. Focus on the biblical more than the secular.
- Keep good routines. If you have good routines such as eating right, going to bed at a regular time, or exercise, then keep it up. If not, start. All these things are remedies for stress.
- Serve others. This is basic Christianity and should be done on a regular basis anyway. Work in your local church as there’s often a need for volunteers to greet at the Christmas services, or serve meals, or buy presents for others.
Live like you love Him this season. There is incredible suffering, and people who know you are watching to see what difference you have in your life. You can bring the light of Jesus to your world. If you have a stressful schedule, take that as an opportunity to focus all the more and prepare Him room.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.