We live in a complicated world, full of chaos, tension, and stresses of every kind. And with our always-on, constantly-connected technology, we are bombarded by news, text messages, emails, and alerts all day every day. It’s easy to feel dazed and overwhelmed by the relentless noise that has come to characterize so much of life.
This Christmas season I’m striving to focus more on the simple things, the simple joys of time spent with family and friends.
Simple family games.
Isn’t it fascinating how cluttered and complicated we’ve made Christmas. It’s not supposed to be about stuff, no matter what the endless commercials suggest. Do we really need bigger and better? Do we really have to have the latest update? Do we really feel more special, important, (insert your own adjective here) — because of the amount and quality of stuff we accumulate? Do we even remember what stuff we received as gifts last Christmas?
I’m reminded of the wise and true words of Jesus as recorded in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
So, let me encourage you to join me in seeking ways to give — not just money and material things — but your time, talents, love, compassion, and grace, wherever you find the opportunity.
If you have children and grandchildren, are you teaching them through your own actions and priorities what is most important in life?
This Christmas season, I hope you’ll be drawn anew to a simple baby in a simple manger in a simple town.
His name is Jesus. And He was — and is — the hope of all the world.
IT’S YOUR TURN!
How do you keep a focus on the simple things that make Christmas so special?