by Dana Peters-Colley
Oh, don’t we love gifts? The surprise. The awe. Our hearts pound when someone cares and thinks of us. Yes, we have rocketed into the season of carols and trees. We’ve plunged into how much to buy and how much to do. Christmas, the tradition, the holiday created by us to celebrate our Savior’s birth. It’s coming and you can’t stop it, ready or not.
But when you think the holiday, do you consider the gifts? Do you consider what gifts God wants to give you? “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NLT).
Oh, yeah, I get it. The reason for the season. But let’s unwrap this a bit further. When you consider eternity – it’s so long you have no idea how fabulous it’s going to be. This life, like a tiny dot on a pin for sewing. It’s so small in perspective to what’s ahead for us. God made a way. He loves us so much He wants us to be with Him. Just consider it. Yes, stop and take a big breath and say it out loud. Eternity.
Did it bring you a little calm?
You know, this season can be hectic. We can morph into Martha from the Bible. We power rush through our tasks and miss the point. Christmas cards. That purrrrfect gift. We can lose sight and fall head-first into a pit of productivity. Pressure to please. Big events. Oh, the thief attempts to crash our party and yes, that scary Martha attitude raises its ugly head.
Jesus wasn’t born for that. He wants you to find a rhythm where wholeness abides. Martha’s sister found it. She de-stressed and sat at Jesus’s feet. She encountered His presence. She engaged in what was eternally important rather than the cares of the world.
Remember, the Lord gave us the Comforter. We listen for what He wants us to do. We rest in His Presence. We abide in the Glory. That’s the encounter, the gift God wants you to have this season. He wants your undivided attention to marvel. Take in His beauty, His friendship.
I confess: some in my family don’t like how I do the season. Some years, I only buy stocking stuffers and gift cards. I want them to pick something they really want and often, I have no clue what that is. I enjoy the meal we make, and there are items each person especially likes to eat, so I prepare that. It has brought me balance. So, instead of people pleasing, I’m God pleasing, and that’s what works for me.
The little label I would put on your gift is for you to find what your holiday balance is. Don’t feel bad about some boundaries. Remember when Jesus came, He confronted what was wrong with the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He made some waves to bring right balance to the scene. Forgive those who put their expectations on you but seek the Comforter Jesus left us, the Holy Spirit to guide you toward that balance.
Then, this season, enjoy yourself! Find joy. Encounter your heart. Reflect that Jesus gave His life to bring you into the place where He is. Jesus paid for all your gifts in this earth and a forever that extends beyond imaginations. Now that deserves a big bow, doesn’t it?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.
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