12/18/2017 12:00:00 AM
Has anyone else noticed that this time of year tends to be busier than any other month? Well of course we have to get those presents wrapped, deck the halls and finish that last batch of holiday cookies that smell oh-so-good. But when it’s all said and done, it’s likely you’ll finish out the holiday season feeling exhausted and empty. Surely, that’s not what this season is about.
While there’s much competing for your attention during Advent, there’s plenty you can do to keep the focus on Christ and what he has to teach you this time of year. Here are a few ideas you can use to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
1) Participate In An Advent Study
Whether you’re taking time to spend in the Word daily, or you feel that this is the right time to start, an Advent study can help you focus on the meaning of Christmas. There are free resources online or contact us and we can help you find a study to go through this Advent season. Download Advent Guide >
2) Give Back To Your Community
It’s no secret that spending money on gifts and more is one of the biggest distractions from the true meaning of Christmas. One way to change your perspective is to find a way to give back to your community. There are many organizations looking for help this time of year and your New Life location may even know of opportunities available.
3) Take Time To Worship
While this is a joyful time of year, we can often get distracted by our to-do lists and forget to praise Him who is the reason for joy and peace. Be sure to make going to your weekly church gathering a priority, so we can worship Him together this Christmas season. View Service Times >
4) Incorporate Christ-Centered Décor
Christmas trees and twinkle lights adorn homes this time of year, which is a beautiful sight to see! But, there's more decor to be added.A great way to remind yourself the reason we’re celebrating this season is with Christ-centered décor. A nativity scene is a great way to do so, or, look for free online printables that you can easily hang on your wall that share the Good News.
5) Read The Christmas Story With Your Family
Christmas Eve is a great time to read the Christmas story together as a family, large or small. If you have a nativity scene set up, you can even have your children get involved by adding in as people are mentioned in the Bible. Luke 1-2 is where you can find the story.
As Christians, we are called to do quite the opposite this during the true meaning of Christmas. We are called to focus on the hope, peace, joy and love that Christ calls us to through his birth. After all, this is the Good News we’re celebrating:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.