The Main Thing!

The Christmas season is upon us.  Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas trees are going up, and Christmas music is filling the airwaves.  Our schedules are already filling up for the month of December with celebrations, gatherings, and church activities. With all the busyness, how do we make sure we don’t lose the main reason for our celebration?  It has been said that “the main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.”  Here are a few thoughts I had this morning for how we can do that this Christmas season.

1) Prioritize.  In order to worship fully during this season, we have to make it a priority.  Put events on your calendar.  Wake up early to pray.  Say no to things.  Make sure you make it to church events.  Make time to reflect, read scripture, and be thankful for God’s gift to us through His Son.

2) Be intentional.  Many of us will have time with our family and friends this season.  Lets not waste that time together!  Go into your family time with a plan to discuss spiritual things!  If we are not intentional with our time together, discussions about God can be overlooked.

3) Do SOMETHING counter cultural.  Something.  Anything.  Do something out of the ordinary, perhaps that you have never done before.  Show someone a glimpse into God’s love for them.  As true believers in Jesus Christ, lets celebrate Christmas differently than our culture. 

4) Set spiritual goals.  How do you want to grow spiritually this month?  Do you want to read a book?  Do you want to talk to unbelievers about the reason behind Christmas?  Setting a couple goals and telling others can help motivate us to grow in our relationship with Christ. 

5) Build something new into your routine.  Think outside of the box.  Do advent devotions with your family.  Set aside time to pray.  I’ll be watching daily advent videos at the 24-7 prayer blog.  The Christmas season can be a busy one, and if we aren’t intentional with our routines, growing in our relationship with Christ can get put on the back burner.  Lets not do that!

Above all, let us remember and reflect on the incredible gift given to us, this season and always.  Immanuel.  God is with us.  Always. 

Lets keep the main thing the main thing.

Blessings,

Josh

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