Where is your focus this Christmas season?
Is it on the gifts for your kids?
The trials you are going through?
Or is it on Jesus, the whole reason we celebrate Christmas?
Let me be honest…
Over the past week, my focus has been ALL over the place.
The day after my last post we took another hit.
On our way to go grocery shopping and then to church, our car broke down in my mother-in-law’s driveway
Not going to lie, I had a mini-meltdown while calling my grandmother to ask if we could borrow their extra car.
To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement!
But, God, as always, provided a way for us to be taken care of!
I promise this post is not about my problems, but it is just an example of some of the problems many of us may face during the Christmas season, or any season of our lives really!
This past week, after all the trials we went through last weekend, has really sent me into a questioning state of “where is my focus right now”?
As we went through each situation, my mind would drift to that certain problem, but then as I came back to my senses, it would shift to Christ.
All week I have had a choice to make…
Focus on all the things going not so good or focus on Jesus and be thankful for the circumstances He has placed in our lap.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 comes to mind during times like this:
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18(KJV)
What a great reminder for this holiday season!
“Rejoice evermore” (verse 16)
Or, always be joyful.
It doesn’t matter the situation we are going through.
God calls us to be joyful ALWAYS, to rejoice EVERMORE!
But seriously, how?
It is truly difficult, but our joy is not found in our circumstances or what we own, it is found in God alone.
“Pray without ceasing.”(verse 17)
God wants us to be in constant communication with Him.
Yes, I understand that it is difficult to constantly be talking with God.
But really, He doesn’t care where we are, or what we are doing, He wants us to talk with Him.
So, while you are doing the dishes, or folding laundry, talk with Him, play some worship music and sing to Him.
He wants to hear from us, about everything little detail of our lives, every feeling we have, He wants us to bring it all to Him.
“In every thing give thanks.” (verse 18)
This one may actually be the hardest of them all.
You may be thinking, “Well, how can we be thankful for all the wrong that is going on in our lives?”
Well, let me give you some examples from my own recent circumstances.
Being denied for a mortgage, after finding the perfect for us house…
We are thankful that we currently have a roof over our heads, that keeps us warm, and has plenty of room for us right now. (With great landlords, that are also friends of ours!)
The reminder of my empty womb…
We are thankful for the daughter we already have, and enjoy spending time with her. Also, we are thankful that it is opening up our hearts even more to adopting sooner rather than later. ( Still a prayer in progress!)
Our car breaking down and sitting in a garage for who knows how long…
We are thankful for our wonderful family, who just happen to keep extra vehicles around for situations like this. (A huge thank you to my grandparents for lending us their extra car and my mother and step-father for lending us an extra truck of theirs!)
Even though our circumstances are not ideal for what we would want right now, we are still thankful for what and who God provided for us!
“For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (verse 18)
It is God’s will for us to always be joyful, to be continually praying to Him throughout our days, and to be thankful in any and all situations.
By doing these three things in hard times, and even in the good times, it helps us to shift our focus back to Christ and not on our problems.
The old me?
Would be focusing on the problems, driving myself nuts, and being miserable because nothing was going right.
The new me?
Focusing on God, being thankful for what I have right now and who I have right now, and remembering that everything is going right according to God’s plan for my life.
Focusing on the problems only makes you miserable, trust me, first-hand experience.
Focusing on Christ gives you joy and peace to enjoy your life just the way it is, problems and all!
I leave you with this…
Remember why we celebrate Christmas and focus on Him.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!