PRESENTS, PLANS, PARTIES & SWEET PEACE
We live for tomorrow’s while missing today’s, especially at Christmas.
Without realizing it, our lives are consumed with tomorrow’s~
What’s next on our Christmas calendars and to do lists.
And all the while we are missing the moments and minutes of right now. Soaking up Gods presence right this second. Glorifying Him in the now.
Loving the Christmas chaos of flour and sugar and chocolate chips all over the kitchen, wrapping paper and boxes all over our living rooms, cards that still need to be addressed all over our tables, party invitations and orders that need to be finalized on our computers and shopping lists.
And we miss Jesus.
Instead of living as if today were our last, we live for tomorrow and we stress and we worry and we fret and we lose all the joy of what this crazy season truly means.
I recently reposted an article I wrote last year about living today as if it were our last, and my own words convicted me once again.
I don’t do this.
I’m constantly thinking ahead of what I need to get done and instead of enjoying it, I stress over it and the joy is completely drained out of moments that should be magical.
I rush around trying to accomplish so much and in the process~I miss so much.
I miss my grandchildren playing Elf on the Shelf with each other, I miss snuggles with them as they watch Christmas movies. I miss messes made with them baking cookies because I’m in too big a hurry and just want to do it myself. I miss the awe and wonder of their precious faces as they look at my Christmas tree and manger.
I miss moments right in front of me because I’m continually looking at tomorrow.
But what if I don’t have a tomorrow? What did I do today that my precious grandchildren will remember?
Will they remember grandma was stressed and in a hurry and overwhelmed and impatient? Will they remember how beautifully I celebrated Christ’s birth with them every day in December or only a December that made grandma frazzled?
We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, tonight could be your last night here on earth. What will your own children, your grandchildren, your spouses and coworkers remember about you on this day?
Don’t miss the magical moments that are wrapped up in Jesus.
Maybe we all need to refocus and truly treat each other, each day and each moment as if it were our last. I think if we did, we would find that sweet peace and joy that only Jesus brings.
The true joy of Christmas.