Christmas season is totally here. We are fully committed, no turning back. There are lists being made, schedules being re-arranged to include Christmas shopping, buying Christmas party outfits, organizing teacher gifts, and making all the Pinterest marshmallow snowman crafty crafts. We are baking all the cookies and throwing all the ugly sweater parties. We are restocking our wrapping paper supplies and buying up all the scotch tape. Our date nights have turned into shopping sprees together and we are scouring the web for sales on honey baked hams. We are locked in people, LOCKED. IN.
In all the chaos of this Christmas season, a
nd the pressure it puts on us, I am begging you; DON’T TELL JESUS YOU DON’T HAVE TIME. It’s very easy to be lured into waking up each morning in December, on fire. On fire to accomplish the list of the things. Yet just as quickly as you have added nine hundred and eighty four items to your list, you have removed the only thing that matters. The only thing that truly fuels your fire. The only source of life. That thing, is reading The Word of God.
I’m not talking about reading your daily devotional, so you can check off the list of things you do that make you think you are going to heaven. (You know I’m kidding, but you know I’m totally serious.) I’m talking about every morning, picking up your bible, and dare I even suggest, maybe even picking up a pen and a notebook, sitting down, even if you have to lock yourself in a bathroom for 5 minutes to escape the cries of your starving children, and engage with your Creator. It’s December for cryin out loud!! And may I suggest before you read, pray. Just throw it all out there! All the excuses, all the ya buts, all the I’ll do it tomorrows, all of it!
And if you’re too tired or lonely or heart broken or weary or angry or anxious or humiliated or depressed or whatever you are, then just pray this:
“God I am in the treacherous throws of Christmas. My mind is worried and anxious. God call my name during the day that I might focus on my Good Shepherds voice. God I long for your voice to guide the minutes in my day. (John 10:27-28) God I know that apart from you I can do nothing, (John 15:5) and that with you, You are made strong in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) God I am desperate for strength and I know you see me. (Psalm 139:16) God I adore you, I adore your presence in my life. (Psalm 18:1) Let me be a light to my children today. Let me encourage my spouse the way you encourage me. Let me talk about you today with others. Let your presence envelope my thoughts today. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) God fuel my life as I read your Word. (Hebrews 4:12) God you alone are faithful. (2 Thes 3:3) God you alone are righteous. God you alone are my sustainer. (Psalm 54:4). God you alone are the source of my life. God let me not forget that you alone drive me, and everything I do I do for you and through you. God remind me I am nothing without you, and that you alone are true love, better than any gift I could ever give or receive. I praise your name, God you are worthy of this time. In Jesus Christ’s name, Amen”
And then read. Write. Ponder. Slow down. Your day will be kicking down your door every morning no matter what, so prepare yourself to open it with a welcoming smile supplied by the power of God’s Word. With Him, He will handle your day.
We can easily allow the pressure of Christmas as we know it to literally choke out the time we spend in the Word, stalling us from growing closer to the God that we are celebrating.
Celebrate your gift of time. You do have time. Take it. Take the time, it is yours. Stop saying you don’t have time. We all have the same 24 hours. The only one you are fooling is yourself.
Slow down, go ahead I dare you. He is FOR you. YOU are VALUABLE.
There’s never been a day where anyone has ever said “I really wish I hadn’t spent as much time in my bible today.” Ever.
Read your bible and let God bless your little, fuzzy Christmas socks off.