For the majority of us, this time of year signals days and nights when we try to do too much, in too little time, with too little energy and/or enjoyment. The charge is on! Then, we struggle to crank up our schedules so we will be able to do all the things we think we have to do to make Christmas perfect—perfect gifts, wrappings, cards, decorations, home baked goodies, traditions—you fill in the blank.
I’d like to interject a thought here. Perfection is overrated! And, I might add, utterly impossible this side of Heaven. All the fretting in the world won’t do a thing to make it any different. The Apostle Paul (the author of 2/3 of the New Testament) put it this way:
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6 NLT
In other words, pray more, worry less. Could it really be that simple? I named this blog GOD IS BIG because after too many years of trying and failing to do things my way, I realized that God had always had a plan for my life, and that His plan was actually bigger and better than anything I could dream up. So, I got myself out of His way, asked for His guidance and trusted Him for the results. Most days, I operate at a beautiful pace. Yes, I said most days. I am still a work in progress like everyone else. Here’s what I know for sure: hurry and worry take a backseat when Jesus drives my life.
So, if the pace of your days is running on overload this Christmas season, I hope you will stop and take a moment to read and reflect not only on this Bible verse, but on the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus’ birth put into motion God’s plan to redeem the heart, soul and spirit of humanity! That is very good news! Let’s not let that truth get lost amid the noisy rush.
Oh, and by the way, have you noticed? God is never in a hurry. Why should we be? Pray more, worry less. Blessings for a beautiful pre-Christmas season.