Christmas is in a few days.
We’re frantically wrapping the final gifts with cute wrapping paper and slapping bows on everything (including children, because, hey). We’re listening to Christmas carols as we clean house and singing along. We’re dancing with the kids as we wait for cookies to finish baking. We’re admiring the Christmas lights dazzling the front porch. We’re smiling at the Christmas tree as we recall the story of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a busy time. Stressful. Painful. This year, for my family, it’s been one tough year and things are very chaotic. More so than the usual holiday busyness. To be honest, I’ve had trouble getting in the normal Christmas spirit. I lack time to watch many movies, but I make up for it by blaring For King And Country Christmas music so I can worship God. I lack time to read a lot of fiction, but I focus on reading my Bible and writing my own things. I’ve had to learn how to stay focused on what matters because I don’t have time for everything.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, Rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
Christmas is a time for remembering Jesus’ birth. It is a time to worship. Celebrate. But what we easily forget is that God doesn’t expect us to have everything together. He doesn’t want perfection. He wants us to find joy in HIM. We cannot find joy in gifts. You’ve heard that before. But let’s take a step deeper. Think you’ll have a nicer holiday if that one relative wasn’t so overbearing? Would Christmas be more joyful if it were less loud? Would you be happier if you didn’t have to work so hard to keep up with things? Here’s the answer, folks: no. We cannot find peace or joy in anything but Jesus.
How do we find Jesus in chaos?
Before you wake up to tackle the to-do list, thank God for waking you up.
When your nieces are losing their cool, try to breathe and thank God for your family.
When you put another gift under the sparkling tree, thank the Lord for the Greatest Gift.
When you’re listening to Christmas carols, sing along and praise God.
When you are doing chores, pray for someone.
Above all… REJOICE. No matter what you face, God is there and we can find peace in HIM!
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. – Psalms 5:11
God is not limited to our to-do lists and expectations. We have to choose to trust Him, even when our stress is high and we want to have a break down. God is in control. He loves us. He gave His son for our sins so we could choose everlasting life. Rejoice in that Love… Because it is enough to not only keep us going, but Jesus’ Love helps us rejoice in the storm. And Jesus’ love is something to celebrate.
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God bless and merry Christmas,