Don’t Miss It
It is hard to believe that the Christmas season is already upon us. The days are getting shorter, the store hours are getting longer, and the number on the scale is getting higher because it seems all we do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is eat. This time of year is … well… just exhausting. Think of all the things that have to be done. Everything from running the kids to Christmas program after Christmas program, waiting in line to see Santa, followed by countless get-togethers, and not to mention the hours of “last-minute” shopping. Too many things to get done and not enough time to do them. This is the average Christmas season for many Americans today. When it is all over, we blink, and we wonder where it all went. This is way too common today, so this Christmas season I beg you not to miss it. Do not miss it!
But, I’m sure the first Christmas was busy too. Think about it, all those people trying to get into Bethlehem at once. I can imagine it now, one wife saying to her husband, “Sweetheart, we are running late. We need to leave for Bethlehem tonight.” Her husband then saying, “Darling, we don’t have to be there for another week, it’s only a day’s journey.” I say this jokingly, but people were busy during that time as well. There was a census that was taken, and everyone had to be somewhere. People were so focused on the tasks that needed to be done, that no one would help a pregnant woman in labor. These individuals missed out on the greatest birth to ever take place because they were concerned about tasks and comfort. They missed it. They absolutely missed it.
During my time at Tates Creek Christian Church, I’ve learned many things. But the greatest thing I have learned is time management and priorities. It is easy to get into the monotony of everyday life and forget the reasons why you perform certain tasks in the first place. It is at that moment when it’s time to step back and reflect on why these tasks are taking so much time. Are they as important as they seem to be? What is the greater purpose? This is something that I’ve learned during my internship. What are my priorities, and does my time reflect what I deem my priorities to be? Or, am I missing it? Don’t miss the true meaning and importance of this Christmas season because of the overwhelming tasks and events on the calendar. Just don’t miss it.