We all have special memories and things that we like to do during the Christmas season as a tradition, but there is a temptation to make every meal time, every trip to the store, every school lunch, every gathering with friends during the whole month of December an OCCASION. Probably most of us are unaware of how much pressure we feel to MAKE EVERYTHING SPECIAL.
Christina learned this lesson the hard way last year by totally over-dosing on Hot Chocolate! Everywhere that she and her children went they HAD to have hot chocolate. When they went to the park, or got gas, or were at the store, or on their way home from church, during story time and on and on it went. It was horribly unhealthy, and also created an unrealistic expectation and an unattractive discontentment with normal life.
We want to be women who are satisfied with what is before us.
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Determine what is an appropriate level of energy to put into “making memories,” for you. What is putting unnecessary pressure on yourself?
Christina once heard a message that talked about doing what is important before what’s urgent. For example: If I wake up late I only have time to be with Jesus for a few minutes -OR- I can choose to take a shower. The shower is more urgent (for sure) but the time with Jesus is more important because it’s actually what will carry you through your day! There’s a powerful Biblical principal around this that runs counter-intuitive to what WE feel makes sense. Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
In essence, we find that as we honor Jesus with those more important pieces in our lives, He graciously provides space for the extra and the urgent.
This principle applies to our appetites and desires during the Christmas season. When we maintain healthy rhythms, diets, budgets and a contented attitude, it can make our whole life that much sweeter and the special occasions that much richer!
Take time to write down the places where you feel pressure to make things special. Where is the pressure coming from? (You? Your family? Your peer group?) Ask the Lord about His heart for you and your family. What really matters? What truly is important? Where should you apply your energy in a focused way to make an event or a moment something that everyone will always remember? What are the things that you should let go of?
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Moolily!