As I’ve been listening to Christmas music over the past week or so (yes, by now you know that I’m that person who loves Christmas music!), something has struck me, namely, the insincerity of it all. Consider how many songs speak of a time of happiness and laughter, smiles and pleasant times. Then consider some of your own holiday experiences. Are people really smiling everywhere you go? I doubt it. We therefore need to honestly evaluate if the candy-coated tunes we love so dearly are even remotely accurate. It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them, it just means that we ought not allow them to set a bar for our own Christmas experience that can never be reached.
This is why we simply must not let the true reason for this season get lost in the busyness. We must keep our focus on Jesus amid the spending and the planning, the travel and the events. He alone is our true source of joy. The twinkling lights and happy music? They help bring smiles to our faces, for certain. But they do not elicit lasting joy that overcomes the post-Christmas blues. They do not keep us satisfied beyond their annual existence, but Jesus, and the joy we find by resting in Him, does not diminish. Rest in Him as you approach this most busy time of the year.
It’s hard to believe it’s the end of November! Take some time before the calendar turns to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Wow, that’s amazing.
- This is heartbreaking.
- God sees.
- On gratefulness and God’s sovereign goodness.
- For all you Lego fanatics.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (HT to James!).
- Interesting thoughts.
- What does it mean to speak truth in our hearts?
- This is so sweet. I love it.
- The doctrine of faith alone matters. It matters a lot.
I am not sure that it is best for us, once safe and secure on the Rock of Ages, to ask ourselves too closely what this and that experience may signify. Is it not better to be thinking of the Rock, not of the feet that stand upon it?Elizabeth Prentiss