This is a blog post written by Emilee Boster! Emilee is the owner of @emileeboster and her blog https://emileeboster.com/ Hope you enjoy!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but I think we can all agree, it’s also the most chaotic. School is hectic enough with end-of-the-semester exams and report cards, but then you add on new Christmas movies to watch, presents to buy, family gatherings, events at the church, Christmas parties, shall I go on? We have so so much going on during the holidays that we tend to lose sight of what really matters. We get so caught up in everything that is the norm for Christmas Time that we are forgetful of Jesus Time. We must fix that.
My clothes seem to always get done in the drier at the most inconvenient time. I seem to have to carry all of the clothes plus my phone, headphones, books, a backpack, and notebooks. See, just carrying one of these items would be a piece of cake, but all of them at once is a handful. When we try to balance a ton of stuff at once, we start dropping things without even noticing. We do this throughout the year, but the most common time is at Christmas. If we would lighten our load, it would be so much easier to focus on what really matters.
I’m currently in the process of writing something super special for Christmas. As I sit at my desk to write, I tend to forget my reason for writing Christmas-related devotions, which correlates with forgetting why we celebrate Christmas. On the side of my desk, I have a small JOY figurine with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in front. Whenever my mind wanders off topic or I get distracted, I look at my little figure and it gives me the motivation to continue. Your motivation may be something totally different than that. You may need to keep helpful, uplifting reminders on your phone or write messages on post-it notes. I also try to read my Bible every morning. It starts me off with a fresh set of eyes and a purpose-driven mind.
I start celebrating Christmas right after Thanksgiving. This year I didn’t feel right putting up decorations or watching Christmas movies until then, but what makes the “Christmas Message,” a proclamation of the love God has for us, any different in December than in June? The birth of Jesus cannot be a story that is only told on Christmas. Jesus is to be celebrated all the time. We should live a life of worship and devotion to Him. Our whole life should be a celebration of Christmas. When we live our life like that, there is no way we will get too caught up in the present wrapping to spend time with Jesus.
You’re going to get busy, but you are going to have to set aside time to think. Make time to sit down and read the story of Jesus’s birth. Make time to pray when you could be watching Netflix. Make time to spread joy when all you see is hate. Live like every single day is Christmas.
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