The bumper sticker caught my attention as I drove to the mall to do some Christmas shopping last year.
Honk If You Know the Reason for the Season
How can I draw close to God when the cares of the world are contending for my attention at this busy time of the year?
- Pray – Colossians 4:2 tells us to devote ourselves to prayer. If we truly focus on praying, we will be less likely to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas.
- Read God’s Word More Frequently- Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” The wonderful gifts are not in the stores; they are in God‘s word. And we need not wait in long lines -all we have to do is open God’s Word to find the wonderful things he has for us.
- Listen to Worship Music – I love listening to music but not all Christmas music is spiritual. A lot of Christmas music is secular, centered around whimsical characters and traditions. I‘ve been guilty of listening to secular music as well. This year I‘m going to be more intentional about the music I listen to as I drive. Psalm 147:7 puts it this way, “Sing out your thanks to the Lord, sing praises to our God with a harp.”
- Focus on the Spiritual Rituals of the Holidays Remember to center on being thankful to God for all his many blessings–faith, family and food. I enjoy watching the parades and the football games too, but I don‘t allow myself to be consumed with these activities. I am celebrating Advent again this year. Advent begins on December 3rd and ends on December 24th.
- Connect WIth Others This is challenging for me because I truly enjoy spending time alone since I am a writer. However, God admonishes us to fellowship with others. Christmas is a great time to fellowship with family and friends.
As the Christmas season approaches, be intentional about keeping Christ as the focus of your activities by praying, reading the Bible and listening to music that exemplifies the true meaning of the holiday.