I think Christmas season can be full of wonderful, and not so wonderful, distractions. From cookies, to Christmas lights, to family time, to spending way to long Christmas shopping, we can often lose sight of the true reason for the season.
But not only the good things we get to enjoy this time of year are a distraction, but also the not so good things. Like the mess up with the cash register where it’s not showing that you get that free $5 gift card but you know you deserve a free gift card. Or when you try to return an item and for some reason they cannot find the receipt, and you know you just purchased the item only 3 days prior, but all they can do is offer you a store credit but you don’t really want a store credit. Or, for example, when you are attending a winter performance for your children and you are saving seats for family, but someone sits in the seats and declares they aren’t moving and all you can do is turn your head the other way and ignore them and deal with it.
I could name a lot of moments that have become a distraction for me this time of year, but one thing that always puts things in perspective is reading my Bible, and allowing myself to just sit with God and the many emotions I have this time of year.
I must admit the past several days I have felt like maybe there is no more grace for me. I have sat with God on so many issues that are weighing on my heart, and I don’t want Him to be disappointed in me. However, there is freedom in knowing that even if He is disappointed He still loves me and has grace for me. What can I do to make God stop loving me?
But we can go through life living under a blanket of guilt, and labels that you are unlovable because you argued about a free $5 gift card with the cashier, or that you really didn’t think nice things about the person who took it upon themselves to let you know you aren’t allowed to save seats at your child’s winter performance at school. Sometimes we can just be so consumed with sharing the good news of Christmas with others that we forget to share the good news with ourselves.
The good news of grace and forgiveness.
The good news that even if you don’t always do the right thing, God knows you are doing your best.
The good news that God can mend the broken relationships in your life.
The good news is that you are lovable and likable even when you mess up.
Yes, I have to remind myself of this good news before I can share it with others. I’ve had to remind myself of this good news just today.
Luke 4:18-19 says:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
This is truly good news, and it’s the reason why we get to celebrate Christmas. While we can get lost in the distractions of the season, the good and the bad, I feel we must also set our eyes on the path before us. We need to redirect our focus and remember the good news.
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Love is selfless and it is constantly pursuing ways to bridge the gap of disconnection in the world. Love brings freedom, not only to us, but also to those around us. When we are walking in love we desire the best for people. In this four week mini Bible Study come and explore what unconditional love looks like in your life today.