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As I sit in my favorite chair for a moment of quiet time, my mind shifts to the days ahead.
Just thinking about the hustle and bustle of shopping, social gatherings, programs, and parades is enough to distract me from the joy, truth and light of the Christmas season.
Are those time honored traditions or worldly expectations? How many of those extras are necessary, and how many are seeking to invade my personal and family time?
You see, this is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the hanging of the greens, the beautiful light and nativity displays, and the Christmas music. All represent memorable experiences with my family and the celebration of Christ’s birth.
That being said, I have made a solemn vow this year to be free of those things that do not carry special meaning or significance for me and my family.
God’s word tells us in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I am so comforted by this verse because it brings hope to a life that is otherwise full of busyness and chaos.
When these festive traditions become work it takes away from the Spirit. These self-imposed commitments preoccupy us and remove the focus from Him.
But we have a choice in all of this. Will we allow ourselves to be trapped in all of the wrappings, or will we remember His blessings and the gift of His birth?
I’ll be praying for you.