Take A Deep Breath

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I wish I could wire this blog with sound because I would let you hear a big sigh. I am not sure if it’s a sigh of relief or a sigh of exasperation, but none the less you would hear the exhale of my breath coming from deep within. As you well know, time is ticking…quickly. We are about ten days away from Christmas and about eleven days until the rush has subsided. Why do we do it to ourselves? Why do we lose sight of what this season is truly about? Why do we create expectations for ourselves that are almost never met?  I am right up there with the worst of them and then I wonder why I’m not “feeling it.” You know, that warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit.

If I had to guess, it is because Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, not all I try to make it.  If the dirty old manger was good enough for Jesus then why do we feel like our homes need to look like Christmas show places? If the three wisemen were late to the birth, why do we feel like we need everything done ahead of schedule? It is because we are far from perfect, because we are in need of a sin substitute, and because this time on earth is nothing compared to what is offered to us in eternity. We need to lean into our faith, trust in God, look to eternity for perspective and forget all the things this world tells us are important outside of Him. Yes, I am preaching not to you but to myself. I need to take a deep breath in for a change and set my sights on what is true. Care to join me? On the count of three let’s all take a deep breath in. 1,2,3…..