This time of year always seems to be a blur. The days separating Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer every year. Oddly enough the days are always a month apart. Not sure how that works out, but it does! Retail makes it work out!
Driving back from Thanksgiving weekend up at my Grandma’s in the country, I was dreading the return to work and the hustle and bustle of the city life. Oh how I wish we could just live out in the country on some land and enjoy a more simplistic life. I know our dog Cabela would certainly love it!
Spending time as a family without an agenda over Thanksgiving was quite enjoyable. Why does our daily life have to feel so much different? We run about and are busy doing a million things and never have enough time in the day to get it all done. It sure makes me wonder if any of it matters in the big picture. Sure we all have to work to provide for our families, but do we really need that high stress high paying job? Do we enjoy it? Do we really need this level of income? (See previous post How Much is Enough?) Are we finding time in our day to achieve the tasks the Lord has set in front of us?
Luke chapter 10 has a story about Martha and Mary. Martha was busy serving her guest Jesus, while Mary, Martha’s sister, just sat listening to Jesus’ teaching. Martha got frustrated at her sister and said to Jesus, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:40-42)
What is the one necessary thing? Are we focusing on it?
Currently, the church calendar says we are in a season of Advent. What is advent? Advent is a season of preparation and looking forward to the promises of God being fulfilled. Mary the mother of Jesus was the first to know that the long promised Messiah was coming and that she was chosen to give birth to him. The Israelites had been waiting for this day to come for generations. Mary is beyond excited and her praise to God is recorded in Luke chapter 1 and is commonly known as The Magnificat.
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Is this who we are focusing on this season? Are we looking forward to this great day with anticipation and reverence? Or are we busy running around buying gifts and planning for holiday festivities? Let’s not forget the true Reason for the Season this Christmas!