Anybody else ever have a moment of panic when the holiday season arrives? Mine happened just the other day when I turned my calendar to December and saw several extras already scheduled in a month where tasks and must-do traditions always seem to outweigh available time.
Somehow I know I'm not alone in my sudden case of H.P.I. -- otherwise known as holiday panic interruptus. It's a tricky condition. Sneaks up on you and grabs you by the throat when you least expect it, flashing everything you need to do in the next 30 days in front of your eyes in the span of five seconds. It steals your joy and interrupts your holiday peace faster than Christmas elves sliding down candy cane poles during a midnight toymaking drill.
My holiday conclusion? The Christmas tree isn't the only thing that needs to be trimmed this year. The cure? Immediate evaluation and trimming of the December to-do list coupled with a gaurded approach to saying "yes" to anything more. Anyone else need to follow this sage advice I'm trying to give myself?
In this season of "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men" brought to us by the Prince of Peace Himself, let's not let anything rob us of the fullness of joy He longs to give to us this Christmas. Like Mary did in choosing to sit at Jesus' feet instead of stressing over details like Martha (Luke 10:38-42), let's choose what is better and experience His peace. Let's do some holiday trimming.
"'The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'" John 10:10