can you feel it?

It’s here! Can you feel it? The tension is mounting. The excitement is beginning to bubble up. The anxiety is about to overwhelm us. It’s the Christmas rush! It’s only the middle of November for Pete’s sake! (By the way, does anyone know who Pete is?)

Travel arrangements are being made, Christmas party plans are being juggled, musical practices are being worked into the schedule, and advertisers are doing their best to convince us we are behind on our shopping! (It occurs to me that there is probably a lot more fast food being eaten due to all of this. I wonder if a study has ever been done?) Are you tired yet? And to think, Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet.

In Luke 21, Jesus warns about an ungodly culture that would be characterized by wanton consumption of goods and pleasure and tells us that the outcome of such behavior would be anxiety and a spirit of intimidation (verses 34 and 26, respectively). I think that often we, as Spirit-filled believers, find ourselves being “pressed into the mold of this world” (Romans 12:2) and then wondering why we don’t have any peace. In our society it is countercultural not to be so consumed with the holidays that we overspend, overeat and overbook ourselves to the point that we are on the verge of an emotional and/or financial meltdown!

Just so you know, my family and I love the holidays. We love decorating. We love the festive atmosphere. We love getting together with friends and family. We love buying gifts for each other. But the key to enjoying the holidays is to remember why we do what we do. We’ve kind of lost that. The activity – planning, shopping, cooking, going, going, going, has become the point rather than spending time with people we love and celebrating the Christ!


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