In only a few short months, Christmas decorations will hit store shelves and the countdown to December 25th will commence.
NOW is the time to decide how you will celebrate the birth of Jesus in 2013!
Each of us has a history when it comes to the holidays. Much of what we have come to expect or require comes from what others have expected and required throughout the years.
Of course, we can continue to perpetuate cycles that are grounded in someone else’s idea of what makes for a meaningful Christmas… or we can build momentum toward authenticity by simply shifting our focus from tradition to expression.
Expression of our love for the God who could not stay away.
Expression of our growth in the ways of the Kingdom.
Expression of appreciation for those whose lives we are tethered to.
Expression of the child’s heart residing in these aging bodies.
Don’t get me wrong – tradition isn’t the enemy. But tradition can be a bully if we choose not to keep it in check.
This year, why not choose your focus instead of defaulting to an old one?
Ask yourself what word, phrase or question matters most to you – then use it to guide your holiday decision-making over the next six months. Perhaps these questions will help you in the process of finding your Christmas focus:
- What is my fondest Christmas memory? Who was there? What made this time special?
- What do I look forward to most when I think about Christmas?
- From this vantage point – six months out – what one thing matters most to me about this particular Christmas?
- When I – and my loved ones – look back on Christmas 2013, what word(s) do I hope will come to mind?
Compile your words. Consider the connections. Ask God to show you how the celebration of His birth can bring something new to life in you. Through you. Then sum it up as succinctly as you can.
That’s it for today… Choose your focus!
It may sound ridiculously simple, but it just might be the beginning of a very beautiful thing.