I need to take a moment and slow down. To forget about the holiday rush, to stop worrying about what to get everyone, and to just think about what is really important. I don’t know why but this years Christmas shopping has been super stressful for me. I am at the point where I am wishing Christmas is over! Then I think wow, really? I need to take time to just let that stress go and think about the true meaning of Christmas. I can get way to wrapped up in getting gifts for others, and forget to stop and think about the ultimate gift that was given to us.
Matthew 1:23 says “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and they shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Jesus left his throne in heaven to come down on this earth. I can’t imagine leaving a perfect place to come down to this earth only to be spit upon and crucified. He did that for us, so that we could be saved and not only that, but we have the gift of God living in us. I sometimes wonder why there aren’t prophets telling us what to do like in the old testament. Wouldn’t it just be so much simpler if someone just told you what God wanted you to do? But then I really think about it, and they needed that, because they didn’t have God living in them. Since Jesus died on the cross for us we can have the Holy Spirit living in us, always with us. We can have true peace, and that still small voice. I know I am amazed at how often I am convicted of something I am doing, only to have God show me how to change my attitude. Having that gift is something I would never trade. It is so comforting to know that you are never alone. God is there and he wants to hold your hand.
I came across the verse in Matthew 7:11- “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” I know sometimes it is hard for me to put in perspective the love that our Father in heaven has for us. This verse just really kind of spoke to me. I love giving gifts to those I love. But sometimes I am scared to ask for anything from God because I do not feel worthy, or like it is not really important and I don’t want to “bother” him with it. But really we are his children and he loves us so much. It says in the bible to come boldly before the throne of grace. God wants to hear the desires of our hearts. Don’t be afraid to ask. He wants us to be happy. Sometimes I am afraid that if I am so happy with something, it isn’t God’s will. But really that is so false. We wouldn’t want to see our children suffering or unhappy, so how much greater is God’s love for us than our humanly love for each other? That’s not to say that we can have a bad attitude and never do anything for ourselves and expect to get gifts showered on us from God. I think if our own children were doing that it wouldn’t make us shower gifts on them, we would want to discipline them and teach them. So for me to think of our earthy love, it really puts in perspective for me God’s love (only much much more).
So on my “list” for God if you will, is just to help me slow down and really think about the true meaning of Christmas this year. To give me the gift of trust, instead of worrying about things that may not happen, or that I can’t even change. To calm down and just enjoy the love of family and friends. Just by writing this has helped me to let go of all the holiday stress. I hope it encourages you, but by writing it has also helped me!
How about you? How is your holiday’s going?
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!