Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Season of Getting

Merry Christmas everyone! As I said in my latest Motivational Monday post, this is the time of the year that has pretty much all of the stress of the year stuffed into just a few weeks; it’s the season of joy and giving… and rising blood pressure.

With all of the hype and stress that goes on, it can be easy to forget the real reason why we even celebrate Christmas in the first place. Instead of remembering Christ’s birth, we’re struggling to remember what it is that our friends and family have been asking for.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve heard the spiel “it’s not about the gifts” one too many times. Honestly, by emphasizing that it’s not about the gifts, we can inadvertently forget that the season really is about getting; the entire Christmas season exists to help us remember the gift of Christ’s birth.

The whole reason why we even have Christmas is because God sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we wouldn’t have to. He gave us the most precious gift. Even if we might not mean to do it, we can almost snub God’s gift by stressing that Christmas is not about the gifts.

It’s nice to get together with loved ones during the holiday season, but that’s not why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate because God gave us an amazing gift. Instead of worrying about finding the perfect gift for every person in your life, take the time to remember the whole point of Christmas. It’s not supposed to be a stressful time; it’s supposed to be a time of celebration!

I hope you all have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Don’t stress the small stuff; don’t put more stress on yourself than needed. And if you’re still stressing out over finding the perfect gift for someone on your list, how about you introduce them to the reason for the season (if they aren’t already acquainted with it)? God gave us his good and perfect gift not so that we could stress out every year, but so that we can experience freedom and salvation.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” Isaiah 9:6



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