Posted on December 5, 2018 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” Psalm 39:6
I write this on the day after Thanksgiving while pondering how I’m going to do all the things I want to do for Christmas. I am trying to figure out my priorities. I want to get my house decorated, bake cookies, shop for gifts and wrap them. However, I can feel the tendency to speed up and hurry to get things accomplished. Instead, I want to be able to keep my life at a slow and steady pace. Often I must remind myself to slow down and enjoy this Christmas season. It is easy to put demands on myself or to get caught up with the things that will only exhaust me and cause me to miss the real reason for the season.
So, while it is still early and Christmas is still weeks away, may we remember a few things? Let’s remember that we can’t and don’t have to do everything. Let’s remember it is okay to say “no” to too many invitations. It is okay to buy from the bakery if you can’t bake it yourself. It is more than okay to be quiet when everything around you is loud and demanding of your attention. You and I are allowed to slow down when everything is screaming, “Hurry up!”
Today, while you still have your sanity, won’t you choose to slow down? There are some really good Christmas devotionals out right now. Get one, spend time hearing and listening to the story of our Savior’s birth. Resist reading the all too familiar story and regain the wonder of Christ’s birth. Seek Him anew and with fresh eyes. Make this the priority of your Christmas season this year, to seek Him, to know him deeper and to live for Him. Don’t miss out because you were too busy.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
Daily Quote: “The local church is espoused to Christ, but there is always the danger of that love growing cold. Like Martha, we can be so busy working for Christ that we have no time to love Him. Christ is more concerned about what we do with Him than for Him. Labor is no substitute for love. To the public, the Ephesian church was successful; to Christ, it had fallen.” – Warren Wiersbe
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5