Keeping a positive focus

December 8, 2007 — Leave a comment

There’s so much to be done this time of year — parties, dinners, shopping, housecleaning. . . the list goes on and on.

All that extra stuff can be quite stressful when piled on top of regular daily activities.

Just today, my family and I were involved in Christmas shopping, a children’s choir practice, an open house, more shopping, and a dinner party. All were fun in their own right, but it would be really nice to be able to take in all the wonder of the season by having it spread out a little more.

At the party tonight, my wife and I had some good friends take photos of our family for the annual Christmas card. (Yes, we’re quite a bit behind schedule on that project too.)

Well, we were able to get some really good photos — you know, the ones where the clothing colors blend, the lighting is right, everyone’s eyes are open, and the kids are actually looking at the camera with their hands in appropriate places. 😉

You can imagine our frustration to get home and realize that all the good shots were actually blurry. Now we have to get dressed again and find someone else to take our picture.

I know it will all work out just fine. I keep reminding myself to not sweat the small stuff — and in the big scheme of things, all this is small stuff.

Tonight when I lay my head on the pillow, I will give thanks to God, grateful for the love of family and friends. . . grateful for a warm home. . . grateful for a full tummy. . . grateful for so many things that make my life richer.

Yes, those are the things that matter most in life. Another day or two of work on the Christmas card won’t make or break the season. God gives us many opportunities to make choices for ourselves. I choose this day to focus on the big things.

I hope you’ll choose that too.

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