So…you’re stuffed from gorging yourself all weekend. You’re worn out from either traveling to see family or worn out from simply being inundated with them for the last several days. If you’ve done the Black Friday thing, your nerves are shot and so is your Christmas budget.
So what now?
We put one holiday to bed this weekend only to gear up for the next one tomorrow. Tomorrow is December 1st. Yeah, like yikes! Where does the time go? We enter into the 12th month of 2014 tomorrow. This year only has 31 more days left.
I wonder…have you accomplished all the things you set out to do this year? Did the things you resolved to do back in January actually come to fruition? Did you lose the weight? Did you actually make healthy eating changes? Did you meet your savings goal? Did you quit smoking? Did you drink less alcohol? Did you take that trip you wanted to take? Did you finally make that much needed job change?
If you’ve made some positive changes this year, then way to go! But if you haven’t, know that all is not lost. There are still 31 days left this year to move in that positive direction.
But here’s the thing…Once December hits, life gets absolutely nutty. You thought your life was busy the prior 11 months of this year. But December raises busyness to a whole new level. Add to that the stress of shopping, buying presents, spending money, searching for that perfect present, going to all the Christmas parties, baking a truckload of Christmas goodies, trimming the tree, decorating the house inside and out, cleaning house, preparing for company, preparing to travel, and keeping up with your kids’ crazy schedules.
It’s so easy in December to become distracted—to become preoccupied, sidetracked, and completely engrossed in the catch 22 of consumerism. We lose focus. Our priorities get eschewed. And before you know it the month comes and goes with barely a thought of anything deeper than dollar signs.
One time when Jesus was in Galilee teaching in their synagogue, a scroll of Isaiah was handed to Him. After reading a portion of it, He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And check out the way Luke records what happened when Jesus got done speaking: “And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him” (Luke 4:20). While Jesus had center stage, He had everyone’s attention the whole time. All eyes were fastened and looking intently at Him.
May it be that as we gear up for perhaps one of the craziest months of the year, we intently fasten our eyes on Jesus throughout the whole thing. May He continue to be at center stage. May our attention be drawn to Him, not away from Him. And even with the long list of things we still have yet to accomplish, may we “marvel at the gracious words that came from His mouth” (Luke 4:22).