It’s time to Bring on the Holidays! Our season of Thanksgiving has opened up the door to lead us to celebrating my favorite time of year—Christmas! And TobyMac agrees with this, as expressed in the lyrics of his song by that name. He sings: “This is the season I love. This is the season for love. Bring on the holidays, never too far away. No matter where I go, I find my way back home.”
If you love this season like TobyMac and I love this season, I encourage you to let that love shine out to others. Intentionally leave some margin in your daily activities so you won’t be thrown off into frustration when lines are longer than expected, or when you have to stop to tie a shoe or change a diaper when you’re headed out to do the things on your list. In fact, when you’re making your to-do list and checking it twice, I suggest crossing off some things. Pray and let God guide you to what really needs to get done, and let go of the items that are extras that will bring stress, even though they might be good things. “In” with the joy of the holidays; “out” with the stress of the holidays!
And in all things, focus most on the true story of Christmas and the message from the angels in Luke chapter 2: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord… Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace (not stress) to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:10, 14
Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will bring joy to the world as you bring on the holidays. Let the signs of Christmas before our eyes and ringing in our ears be a reminder to all that Christmas is real, that Christmas is good news and that Christmas is about YOU! Draw people to you this year, Lord, draw me closer to you.
Questions to Ponder: Why does TobyMac call Christmas “the season of love?” How can I rev up the love and joy in my own life? How can I best “celebrate the Savior’s birth?” as TobyMac says.
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.
Contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org.