Are you too Busy For Christ this Christmas?
by Leslie Vernick
2020 has been a hard year. Many of us are forgoing our normal traditions because our family won’t be there to share it with us. And if you’re still scurrying about, decorating, buying gifts and wrapping them, and sending them, remember the “why” we celebrate more than the “how” we celebrate.
This year, I’m doing something new just for me. I’m being creative and using an Advent Journal to process this season more deeply. I’m making artistic tags, coloring, drawing, and pondering each day what this mystery, “God with us” really means.
I was meditating on Sara Young’s devotional, Jesus Calling, where she writes about Jesus. “I speak in the language of Love; My words fill you with Life and Peace, Joy and Hope. I desire to talk with all of my children, but many are too busy to listen.”
Is this YOU? Are you too busy to listen? There is a huge difference between hearing something and truly listening. I’ve heard Christmas carols before now, but I haven’t always listened to them. I haven’t pondered their words or felt their melody. They’ve been nothing more than background filler. They haven’t touched my heart.
I wonder if that’s what God’s Word becomes for many of us. We hear, but we don’t listen. We know the words, but they fail to move us. They don’t really change our hearts.
But God’s Word is meant to move us, to heal us, and to change us. The psalmist declares “He sent forth his Word and healed them.” (Psalm 107:20). And John writes, the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. And even then, people didn’t listen (John 1: 10,11).
Are you lacking hope, joy, and peace even in this most joyous of seasons? Perhaps it’s because you’re not listening. You hear, but you don’t believe. The apostle Paul prays, “May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13).
This Christmas, ask God for the gift of faith so that you will be able to hear and listen to Jesus speaking his language of love to you personally.
Merry Christmas friends.