Why is it that we are so busy and impacted this time of the year? Ok, yes there is the shopping for gifts, planning for those special holiday gatherings, decorating, office parties, neighborhood get-togethers, and the many city, community, and church special events. We can add to the mix the traditions we desire to keep and those new customs we are planning add to our celebrations. It makes for a busy time of year where it’s difficult to find room to enjoy it all and certainly does not leave much space to soak in the reason for the season. We get caught up in the whirlwind of the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and hang on until it’s all over.
My wife Kristi and I were talking while driving to care for one of our grand children, after just rushing home from our jobs, wolfing down our dinner, wondering, “How did our life get so full.” We were not complaining and were excited to spend time with our little darlings, but realizing every moment of our day is filled and there is not much space to enjoy it all, let alone savor the moments we are in. We know much of this is due to our ever-expanding family. We went from three kids to six as they each married one summer. Then each couple had a child, adding three more. This three became six as this past year each couple had another child. So yes with the blessed enlargement of our family comes the joy of making room. Love has motivated us to make room and find a new balance.
Love is what Christmas is about. Christmas is about God’s great love for humanity, a love that sent us His Son.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.
Jesus came to save us from a terrible condition that stops people from being what they were created to be, holds humanity back from connecting to God, and keeps us all out of heaven. Jesus came to rescue us from all this.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.
God found room to love us. In the same way love can help us in finding room this Christmas for what matters.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
This world needs good people like you to find room this Christmas to love others: to interact with your neighbors, bless a person in need, invite a friend to church, help someone on your street with a project, be extra nice to a cashier or employee you encounter, to surprise a friends/co-worker/teacher/public servant with a gift card or word of thanks, and I’m sure you can add other ways to love others to this list. These good works make a difference. They not only brighten people’s day, but creates space for the great love and joy of this time of the year.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
So let God’s great love for you help you in finding room this Christmas. You may discover the best Christmas ever!
Church at Christmas is a great place to soak in and be reminded of God’s great love. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Each Sunday this December we are going through a Bible teaching series entitled “Finding Room This Christmas.” Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to share a inspiring moment with you.
Find room this Christmas along with you,