When I first began to prepare for the Christmas season, I felt dread rather than joy. Thinking of the decorations, shopping lists, and gatherings overwhelmed me. There seem to be so many distractions which keep me from celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Reflecting on the sense of dread I initially felt about this Christmas season, I quickly realized my eyes were fixed on the wrong things.
When we choose to take our eyes off of ourselves, what we have to do, and where we have to go, and place them on Jesus, something significant changes. Our adoration of Jesus motivates us to move forward in love, joy and peace. When we look to the things of this world to fulfill us, we will never be satisfied. However, when we choose to instead look first to Jesus as the greatest gift, the chaos of the season falls away at his feet.
Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, Immanuel—God with us. It’s a time to celebrate the life he lived, and the life he still lives within us. In the midst of the busyness of this Christmas season, choose to slow down, be present, and take time to remember the reason we celebrate. Let’s not allow the distractions keep us from celebrating the true gift, Jesus.
- Christmas is about GOOD news—
Luke 2:10: “The angel said to them ‘Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”
- Joy is not dependent on our feelings or circumstances but rather the truth of Christ alone—
1 Peter 1:8-9: “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation for your souls.”
- Our gift to God in response to his great gift of grace in Jesus Christ overcome it. (John 1:5)
About Marissa: Marissa grew up in the state of Indiana and has lived there all of her life. She is married to Cameron and dog-mom to their puppy, Jax. Marissa enjoys all seasons the Midwest has to offer, but her favorite is fall. Lastly, her perfect morning consists of coffee, quiet time and Jesus.