Yesterday I was tidying up our living area like I do every night before bed (yay for waking up to a mostly clean space). I began to gather all of the pieces to our nativity set and carefully place them where they needed to go. My kids play with it all throughout the day, so it wasn’t surprising when I noticed that a piece was missing. But it wasn’t just any piece; it was baby Jesus. The most important piece.
But it got me thinking about the holiday season and how so often our Savior gets kicked under the couch. We get caught up in the baking, the gifts, and doing all the things that we forget to slow down and praise God for sending Jesus to rescue us.
I’ve been praying about the upcoming Instagram challenge that I am doing, Adore Him (more info at the end of this post) and how I want to make it a goal to not forget about our Savior this Christmas. I don’t want Him to become a background noise in a home full of selfishness and greed. I don’t want our advent devotions to be another box that needs to be checked.
Instead, I want Him to be the center of why we are doing Christmas. I want to focus on giving the gift of education to my children. To teach them all about this good news and the greatest gift that we have ever been given, Jesus Christ.
We recently went to Disney World, and the whole time we were there, Christmas carols were playing in the parks. By the way, I highly recommend Disney at Christmas time; it was beautiful!
Anyways, as we were waiting for the fireworks show to start, my husband pointed out the song that was playing. (I think it was O Holy Night) He said, “they can play the music to songs about Jesus, but we won’t hear any singing with words about Jesus”. While that is true and can make us frustrated as Christians, it’s a good thing too. This is a time when Jesus, for the most part, is accepted. Even at Disney World!
So, take advantage of this time and spark conversations with those around you. Whether it’s your kids, a stranger at the store, or a neighbor down the street. Be the hands and feet of Jesus this year. Remind them of the precious gift that we have been given, a Rescuer.
Things of this world seem so small and insignificant when we have our eyes on Christ. The relationship takes effort, but it’s the only way that we will find true comfort and joy this season.
If you are up for a challenge during the busiest time of the year, then please join me (on Instagram) on December 21st-24th in a photo a day that shares how you are keeping Christ at the center of your Christmas plans.
Let’s join together as moms and share our own unique ways of teaching our children about the birth our Savior. Make sure that you are subscribed to the newsletter and following me on Instagram. Also, I will be pinning tons of ideas on Pinterest for you to use this holiday season. Feel free to start using the hashtag: #adorehimchallenge so that we can start connecting as a community.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? I’d love to hear about in the comments!
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