Thursday, 12 December 2013

3 ways to beat the "Christmas Wants"

This week we celebrated our 2nd anniversary! Wow! Time flies!  Again I'm reminded to make "the best use of the time" (Eph.5) as I look ahead to another year.

It's so easy to get caught up and, almost literally, wrapped up in the Christmas bedlam.  But most sneaky to creep up is the "I wants" and lack of contentment, as the focus seems to become the wish list and what I "need" this year.  The truth is, I am in need of nothing.  

In the "get, get, get" of this season, how can we shift the focus and the attention onto what really matters and what really has value?  How can we make "the best use of the time"?  Here's a few of my ideas...

1. It's all about relationships
I love that over Christmas there's more time to get together with friends and family as the routine of day to day life goes out the window. In it's place appear hours on end of good natured competing over a monopoly board, long meals and chats around the fire, get-togethers with friends and family.  How much more valuable & enjoyable to give time and energy to these things?  

2. Remembering thankfulness
This year I've learned and am learning what it means to have thankfulness at the forefront of each day.  Oh, it often gets forgotten, but when I'm thankful I know I'm more content.  Instead of wishing for what I don't have, I'd like to take time to remember all that I already have and have an attitude of gratitude.  There's far less stress in counting blessings than counting what seems to be missing.

3. Clearing the way
Ever heard the expression "I can't see wood for trees"?  Maybe in the forest of presents and chocolate the real message of Christmas gets more easily lost than it would in a simpler, more pared back Christmas.  Whatever that might look like - less presents, less time shopping, less time cooking, less events ... more time to think, read, pray, celebrate and be thankful. 

I just read a blog post by one of my favourite bloggers and want to leave you with a great quote from it, one I hope will stick with me:

"May we be reminded today there is more joy found in owning less than can be found in pursuing more." - Joshua Becker


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