It's been a while since I posted. Partly because the busyness of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season has taken over. I have stayed up later and slept in a little longer, trying to stay rested and well. Moms especially know that this time of year can wear us down mentally, physically, financially and even spiritually.
A few weeks ago, I was pondering how a few holiday gatherings would take place. Who would host and who would visit; what foods would be prepared and which gifts needed to be sent where. The stomach ache began as I realized I couldn't be in three places at once and not everyone was going to be happy. If you're a man reading this, you're likely saying, "They'll get over it." and you're rolling your eyes but seriously, women just want everyone to be happy.
As I paced around my kitchen working out the logistics in my mind, I heard that still small voice whisper, "He wasn't born for that." No matter how much I tried to push it away, again and again, "He wasn't born for that." Well I know that! I've done the Bible studies, I never miss a Sunday of advent and I sing in the choir! No need to tell me.
Except, I needed to hear it that day and every day. Every day that I feel the guilt that I have had to decline an invite or forgot to make a treat. On these days where the children continue to add to their Christmas lists even though we told them to choose three items. When I see the beautiful decorations in a friend's home and wonder if I have let my family down because mine is more modestly adorned. He wasn't born for that.
So I began to really ponder what Jesus came to this earth to accomplish. We love to say, "Jesus is the 'Reason for the Season', but what does that really mean? Here is a list that trumps any Christmas cooking and to-do list:
- Jesus came so that we might have a full, abundant life. (John 10:10)
- He was born to be a the son of mankind, our Wonderful Counselor and our Everlasting Father. (Isaiah 9:6)
- He came to bring peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
- Jesus was born to do more than we could possibly ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
- The Son of God was born so that all fear and oppression would cease and to level the ground once and for all at the cross. (Isaiah 54)
- Galatians 5:1 says that Christ came for freedom and for freedom He has set us free!
- He came to shepherd us and lay down His life for us. (John 10:14-15)
- He came to be love in a person. (1 John 4:8)
- He came to destroy what was known of religion and offer mankind a relationship with the living God. (Matthew 23)
- He came to die. (Hebrews 2:9)
This list has become my focus as I count down the days until Christmas. Jesus came not for cookie recipes and credit card bills. He came for so much more and for us to live out this truth each day. Families need to know this - the world is hungry to know all of this, now more than ever.
While some would have us believe that Jesus is mocked and irrelevant, I would bet my last dollar that His love is desperately desired and when given genuinely and generously is irresistible. So when the stacks of catalogs arrive each day or the requests of my time and money pile up, I will simply repeat, "He wasn't born for that" and look for where His love is needed most at that moment.