'Tis the Season to be Jolly!
The Holiday season has arrived and with it comes the constant pressure to make EVERYTHING perfect and special. We know that we’re speaking to a group that contains many recovering perfectionists, so we understand that when we see those twinkling lights in the store, hear the music, and smell the peppermint mocha lattes, our minds are filled with excitement and anticipation as well as a mounting list of things we have to do to get this thing done and make it wonderful so that everyone will know how much we love them (and of course that we’ve got it ALL together!)
As we face the choice of succumbing to the pressure of perfectionism, let’s turn our hearts to the Lord to be women that stand out in our culture, not because we have everything beautifully and perfectly presented, but because we are intentional about what we invest our hearts in.
There are things that are a big deal and that’s great, but let’s do those things in faith and, as a result, have our hearts reflect faith and the peace of Jesus. (The peace we celebrate and remember. The peace He came to establish.)
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
1. Peace vs. Pressure
Philippians 4:6,7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Take some time, sit down and think through your Christmas season.
Ask yourself, “What is really important to me and my family? What feels life-giving and meaningful? What is going to draw my gaze more towards Jesus and really glorify Him? Where is there peace vs pressure?”
If sewing matching Christmas outfits for your children and standing in line for three hours to have their picture taken with Santa is SO fun and life-giving then please, go for it and enjoy every moment! But, if it’s not life-giving, just because your best friend is doing it doesn’t mean that you have to.
Or, if decorating your house at Christmas fills your heart with delight but the process makes your children feel like they’re being punished, take a step back and allow the relationships to take priority over the tree. Or, perhaps, just don’t do it! Write a scripture on the wall that honors the Lord and tell your friends that this year you’re doing it simple.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Moolily!