It is easy to be distracted around Christmastime. The rushing around to do one thing or another often leaves us far more stressed out than we should be. During Christmas, many voices scream for your time and attention, while saying you need to slow down and be happy. It is no wonder that many join the Grinch and Scrooge in hating this time of year.
So, while trying to avoid hubris and hypocrisy, here is a little reminder to help you deal with your holiday stress. The Acronym J.O.Y (Jesus, Others, and You) is virtually a Christian Cliché. But I think if we apply it to our Christmastime, we can have a lot more joy in our Christmas celebrations.
J- Jesus is the reason for the season. Seriously, it is His birthday after all. I suggest getting Him a present. I enjoy donating to help the poor in other nations buy farm animals. Over the years, I have purchased goats, pigs, and chickens for Jesus. It is a fun process to have your family talk through and buy a present for Jesus. You can use a group like Samaritan’s Purse, or maybe you prefer something far more local like The Rock at Noonday homeless shelter. Think about it.
O- Others dominate our minds around Christmas. But often, we may be doing things that aren’t actually useful or desired by those individuals. I am reminded of my speech teacher talking about a gift he got—a nice, expensive, heavy trench-coat that he could never use, because he lived in Florida. We sometimes do things simply because we think we have to, or because we’ve done it in the past. Maybe we are using our energy for something that is not useful, wanted, or appreciated. Maybe our “Others” box is filling up with distractions that are better left undone. Consider it.
Y- You should consider what will help you this Christmas. Take time to do that Christmas thing that you love. Maybe it’s re-watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a mug of hot chocolate, or it could be going for a walk down the Bosque, or whatever it is that helps you remember Christ and enjoy the holiday. Whatever your Christmas thing is—do it. Not for your family or friends or kids or co-workers. They don’t have to do it—it is for you.
Victory Christian School wishes everyone great joy this Christmas, and we pray that God will bless you all as we remember the greatest gift, God’s Son--Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.