As an avid crocheter, I spend most of my TV time with a project in hand. Both because I love to crochet and because it makes me feel like I am making the most of my time. However, at the same time I can be so caught up in my crocheting, especially when designing more complicated pieces, that I end up missing the movie. Afterwards, when we’ve watched that favorite Christmas movie for the year, I realize with a twinge of regret that I really didn’t see it.
Life is like that. And I especially notice it during the Christmas season. We like the sound of a relaxed, fun Christmas season but when the time arrives to “relax” we can’t seem to say no to the work until it’s too late.
In her daily devotional, Nancy Wolgemuth said, with all the demands and fast-paced living, the challenge is “to experience each moment and season to its absolute fullest – to be ‘all there,’ wherever you are.”
The demands of life keep us continually running from one thing to the next, and it only intensifies with the Christmas season. It becomes increasingly difficult to just “sit and enjoy” the moment. And yet the moment will not wait for you. Soon it’s gone and all you have is regret.
I think the phrase “seize the moment” couldn’t apply more. And that’s what I want, and I’m sure you do to, to enjoy this moment – this short season of Christmas – to the fullest.
One of my favorite quotes just happens to be from one of my favorite people, Jim Elliot. He said in his journals, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” It’s worth pondering: what would it look like, and what would life be like if we lived this way?
Nancy went on to say, “Whatever it’s time for you to be doing right now, do it with all your heart and for [God’s] glory. If it’s time to work, then get busy and put in a full day’s labor. If it’s time to take a break, then live this moment in prayerful gratitude to God or in attentive interaction with the people around you. If it’s time to rejoice, let yourself go in celebrating the goodness of the Lord. And if it’s time to weep, then weep hard.”
There’s nothing much more defeating than feeling you could have enjoyed the moment more. But then there’s also nothing much more satisfying than knowing you took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the moment to its fullest.
Here’s the key: we can fill our Christmas with activities and fun, but the way to truly be all there this Christmas is by resting in God, trusting Him to be responsible for your needs as well as the outcome of your holiday season, and just be there in the moment.
Though accomplishing this does seem a fete, Corrie ten Boom has some advice I’d like to leave you with:
“The month of December – the month of Christmas. Does that mean for you being extra busy, giving all your spare time to planning presents? The Lord Jesus did not come to make you overly busy. The angels spoke about peace on earth. Claim the promise of James 1:5 for wisdom about how to organize your time and what kind of Christmas presents to give.” (Excerpt from Each New Day)
What if you claimed peace this Christmas?
I want to enjoy Christmas to its fullest. Don’t you?