A few nights ago, I was driving around looking at Christmas lights with my two oldest daughters. It’s one of our Christmas traditions and while it is simple, my girls have grown to love it! As we were driving, my middle child blurted out, “Dad, I wish this would never end!”
I’ve thought about her sentiment over the last few days and here are some thoughts I’d like to share.
People always say that the days fly by and that I’ll blink and my little girls will not be so little anymore. There are moments when I feel very aware of this reality and moments where I completely lose sight of it. This Christmas season I’m resolving to treasure the moments.
For me, that includes treasuring moments as a family. I know my kids are growing older and the day will come when they will launch out as adults. I don’t want to miss these formative moments while they are little. This also means treasuring time as a church family. God has been so good to us as a church, and while I know that challenges await us in the new year, I don’t want to miss the sweet times of fellowship and corporate worship that we have right now in this season. As I write this, I’m finishing up my Christmas Day sermon and I am praying God uses it to speak powerfully into the lives of His people!
How can you be intentional this season when it comes to treasuring the moments?
I’m convinced that discipleship is about a lifetime of small steps, all in the same direction. This is true for our personal spiritual growth and it’s certainly true of parenting.
If you are a parent, then please don’t discount what God can do with the “small things.” The night we were driving around looking at Christmas lights was a regular, ordinary weeknight. I was tired from a long day of work and meetings, and frankly didn’t feel an abundance of Christmas Magic! But I know for my girls, driving around in my truck with a cup of hot chocolate and the windows down, was a big deal. I know this because they told me — over and over again. (If you know my children then you know they are not the quiet type!) Now I’m not writing this to say, “Hey look, I did a good thing!” Rather, I’m writing this to remind you (and me!) that God can take the small things and energize them with His power so that little things have a big impact.
Book recommendation: “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society” by Eugene Peterson. The name says it all! This would be a great read to start the new year!
What are the “small things” you can be faithful with this Christmas season?
When my daughter said that she wished the moment would last forever, I know how she felt. The scripture speaks of God writing eternity on our hearts, which means we long for what is meaningful, valuable, and lasting. And whether or not this Christmas season is filled with moments you love, or if you feel as if it can’t go fast enough, the truth is what we see around us is fading. Our hope is not in anything found on earth. We must remind ourselves that what will last is what is found in Christ. Our salvation is eternal; therefore the spiritual must be prioritized!
“Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in light of eternity.”Charles Spurgeon
This Christmas I would encourage you to make the effort to focus on the eternal. Make Jesus the centerpiece of your celebration. And demonstrate to those closest to you, especially your children, that you have a hope that is real and is rooted firmly in Christ.
I pray this Christmas season that you and your family will be drawn close to Christ and that in doing so will experience the fullness of life.
Praying for you!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6