This can be an extremely busy time of year, with lots of demands on time and loads of stress. 

You bounce around from store to store to store looking for just the right gift for the seemingly endless list of people for whom you need to shop. You feel the anxiety begin to build and your hands become clammy as you think about the Christmas program, the small-group gathering, the office party and the tricky task of dividing your time between all the relatives who request your presence. 

The Christmas season should be filled with colorful lights, nostalgic melodies and, most importantly, reflections on the birth of a Savior. 

However, in the frantic race to check all the boxes and meet all the demands, it quickly becomes the most miserable time of the year. 

In Ephesians 4:27, the Apostle Paul warns Christians not to give the devil a foothold. 

However, when we fill our days with the trappings of the season without putting our focus squarely on the greatest gift we’ve ever received Jesus — we are opening the door for Satan to slip in and hijack Christmas. When we overextend ourselves, we become weary, frustrated, discouraged and even depressed. 

Over this next week, if you feel yourself becoming consumed by the hustle and bustle,  even those closest to you, have convinced you is required to make the season bright, make some quiet time for yourself to pray and reflect on what the season is all about. 

Focus on the beauty of familiar Scriptures such as Luke 2:1-21 and John 3:16. 

The good news of a Savior who came to save us from our sins and save us from ourselves is so much more important than whether you can find the right gift for the person who has everything. 

When you feel like you’re caught in the undertow, hear the promise of rejuvenation found in Isaiah 40:28-29: 

“Do you not know? 

Have you not heard? 

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” 

React:

1. What are some of the things that cause you stress during the Christmas season?

2. What can you eliminate to alleviate  some of the stress during this bust time?

3. What can you do to put the focus on Jesus?

 

Paul Leavens is the Minister of Lindsay Christian Church. Visit the church website at www.lindsaychristianchurch.org.

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