Growing

Focusing on the Eternal

Here we go!

It’s time.

We are IN IT folks.

– The Holiday Season –

What a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, baking, parties and so much more that can actually poison this sacred season.

I love the holidays and all the crazy activities that come with it, but most of these festivities return void mentally and especially spiritually. I can’t even tell you what festive things I did last year or the year before. Traditions are great and I say embrace all the traditions you can for the sake of love and family.

But if there’s any activity, party or “‘stupid” tradition that’s weighing on you this year-sucking the life out of your soul-let it go, friend. There’s something so much more important we can focus on-it’s really hard, it’s not always beautiful and you will certainly never find it on Pinterest, under a tree or on the family dinner table, but it’s THE most important, radical thing we NEED this holiday season.

– The Eternal –

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
– Colossians 3:1-3

Thanksgiving and Christmas can be ALL about things on this earth. Even the good volunteer activities like serving the homeless and donating gifts to military kids for Christmas can be earthly things depending on our heart’s attitude.

Instead, as Christians, let us put on “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:12, 14-15)

Perhaps this is more of what it looks like to keep our eyes on the eternal. So when Aunt Sally asks you for the hundredth time why you still don’t have a job, you answer with meekness and when the arguments break loose across the dinner table your input (or maybe lack of input for once) is rooted in peace and love from Christ. And of course this can only happen when we are filled up with truth and love from God’s Word.

Which reminds me – I have a tendency of letting my time with God around the holidays slide for various, useless reasons. Coincidence? I think not. The enemy wants nothing more than to clutter your time away from God so that the time we do create with friends and family seems meaningful yet lacks the depth of sincerity and love and an eternal impact that matters the most.

In this holiday season, whether you feel like you are going into a battle zone or food coma heaven, either way, let’s be intentional with our words and actions, rooted in a binding love only from Christ and a focus on the eternal impact our time could make while being with those we love and…may not like so much.