The day after Thanksgiving is the official start to the Christmas holiday season. It’s the most wonderful and most busy time of the year.
We hustle and bustle to find the perfect gifts. We tidy up the house to impress the in-laws. We get up too early and stay up too late. By the time New Year’s comes around, we are spent emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Why do we feel so drained?
The answer is easy: we stop reading our Bibles.
We tax our brains and get tired because we’re thinking of what we need to do next. Keeping gifts straight, remembering cookies to bring to this party and a white elephant gift to bring to the next, plague our minds and fill them up with the fires to be put out.
We spend extra money and energy in ways we don’t – or wouldn’t all year long.
Is it a coincidence that all this busyness surrounds the time of year in which we celebrate our Savior’s birth?
I wonder if Satan just keeps filling our minds with more to do and more to buy so that we don’t pause and take in just exactly what we’re celebrating?
We chastise our children for being more concerned with presents than the presence of the One who gave His all. We balk at the commercialism of Christmas, but how often do we fail to meet with the Christ each day? How about each week – beyond Sunday’s sermon?
Are we really as hypocritical as that?
I dare say we are. We, blindly like sheep, follow the Wolf of this world as opposed to our Good Shepherd. We accept the pace of the season as “just the way it is,” saying, “What are you going to do? That’s life.”
That’s a lie that our culture has bought, and sadly, this is one more area where the Church neglects to stand out.
We were canning today with my sister and I was talking to my daughter about the salt we were putting on the veggies to preserve them. We talked about salt being a natural preservative. It is something used to protect us from spoilage.
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I’m speaking to myself as well. I need to be able to say no to the chaos and yes to the calm.
The only way to do that effectively is to remain immersed in the Word. This is the time to set yourself up for success in the coming year. Implement routines and structure that will sustain you all year long.
That’s why we’re starting an online Bible study on Nehemiah. Click to grab your STUDY BOOK and join us! We will begin December 1.
Why Nehemiah? Because it showcases how a BIG God can use one, little person to accomplish unimaginable things. I think we women need a little of that “dare-to-do-the-impossible” right about now. We’re tired and worn out. We need to see what exactly can be accomplished with our little lives when we surrender them to our great, big God. I need this right about now and I bet you do too. If you’d like in on this Bible study click: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BGPNehemiahStudy/ and click “Join.” Everything will happen there and you’ll use your Nehemiah Study Guide to help you walk through it.