How to Avoid the Insanity of the Holidays

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 6.26.47 AMThe Holidays are a crazy time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in the sales and socials that make us forget the true reason we are celebrating. Tyranny of the urgent rules the day, and before we know it, time alone with The Eternal is cheaply replaced with the time crunch of finishing the “now”.

2 Kings 6:17 says, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

There are two realities we need to balance, especially this time of year.

The first is easy to see. It’s where we live, who our friends are, what we need to accomplish, what stresses come our way. It’s easy to get trapped in the “now” and miss out on who we really are…

…because our deeper reality is spiritual and eternal.

This isn’t gnosticism. I’m not trying to separate our physical from our spiritual. One is not bad, and the other good. We are God’s creation woven together spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially. But we should realize temporal experiences should not trump the eternal perspecive of our lives.

Our physical world can distract us from our eternal reality. Stress, finances, relationships, busyness, habitual sin – it all can keep our focus off of where it should be, which is on our relationship with God the Father through His son Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:18 says, So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

If you’re like me, you’ve barely started your holiday shopping. I’m not even sure how everything will fit in my schedule. But I will make sure I don’t get so caught up in the “now” I miss the “eternal” in my life.

I’m going to keep prayer and scripture reading a priority. I’m going to remember the reason I’m buying presents in the first place. And I’m going to find rest in thankfulness rather than exhaustion in fighting the insanity of only what I can see.

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True Colors

Hello blog world! It’s fall leavesbeen a while.

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially in my hometown. The colors of leaves burst out in bright yellows, fire-y oranges, and deep, gorgeous reds and purples.

Botanist’s say when autumn leaves change we are able to see the full color of each leaf. Chlorophyll, which is green, has overpowered the true colors of the tree since its new budding in the spring.

But chlorophyll ceases to produce when the days get shorter.
Once it fades away, we see the real colors of the leaves.

Those leaves that are now orange and yellow? They’ve been that color the WHOLE TIME, we just couldn’t see it because something else was overpowering it.

Our sinful nature, and decisions that come from it, can threaten to overpower who we really are in Christ. Bad decisions and past mistakes can haunt us, trying to tell us we are something that in truth we are not.

Sin may have reigned in our lives at some point, but with Christ as our Lord it does not reign now!

Romans 6:11 says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Just as the Chlorophyll ceases to produce in a leaf, your sinful nature should cease to produce thoughts, actions, and habits in you. When this happens, the peace and joy of the Lord becomes more evident in your life. The Holy Spirit can shine through you in ways it couldn’t before when sin was keeping your true life found in Christ from being seen.

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