I’m trying to answer that question. In my case, I think the answer is neither. I’m not finished with the Christmas shopping and between that and work I’m not ready for Christ. Sad—I know.
I’m going to try and put the breaks on this week. Meaning, get my shopping and work done so I can focus on the birth of Christ. We let our busy lives get in the way of what this season, and really the entire year, should be about—opening our hearts and minds to Jesus. I don’t know about you but when my life veers away from God it gets way out of kilter. When it’s centered on God everything feels right and in balance.
As humans, we naturally stray from God. That’s because we listen to our bodies first, trying to satisfy every craving. Throw in the devil whispering in our ears to increasing the cravings and we have lots of opportunity every day to stray. That’s why it’s so important to put God at the center of our lives and try to keep our focus on that center.
This is a great time of year to feel Jesus, God’s gift to each of us, reborn in our lives. Walking in Jesus’ footsteps leads us on a path always focused on God. We may naturally fall off the path now and again but Jesus will help us regain our footing. After all, that’s why God gave us His Son as our personal Savior. When the boat of life starts to rock or we start drowning, Jesus is always there with a hand.
“Lord save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him. Matthew 14:30-31
As this year comes to a close I am committing to setting priorities in my life. The first priority is to prioritize what’s important this Christmas season.
Use this week before Christmas to put Christ back into Christmas in your life. And have a GREAT week ahead!