As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and the threat of snow becomes increasingly imminent, the feeling of Christmas is upon us. The time of year is a busy one and I know I have a tendency to over schedule myself, especially during the next month. Getting together with family becomes a stressful game of Jenga and finding time to work, play, and relax is an increasingly difficult challenge.
There’s also lot of “stuff” attached to the Christmas season. I don’t just mean presents and food. Christmas music, decorations, and traditions are all “things” that come to the surface of our lives this time of year. Sometimes these things become almost ritualistic and it’s easy to forget and significance or meaning behind them.
I often get distracted around this time of year, whether it’s because I’m busy or I’m paying to much attention to all the “stuff”. As Advent begins this year, I challenge myself and everyone around me to work hard at not getting distracted by the surroundings of Christmas. Sure, this is said by millions of people everywhere, but that’s because the message is important. The Christmas season is a time of celebration, and yes, it’s exciting. Decorating, baking, buying presents, and singing Christmas carols are all wonderful parts of the season, but if we are not glorifying God by celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in all of this, then these things are pointless.
This year, let’s get excited; let’s celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour and just let all the “stuff” be secondary.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
Patrick Shay, Director of Worship Ministries