Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2
Have you ever noticed that Christmas seems to show up in stores earlier each year? Many stores have had Christmas decorations on display since September, right next to the Halloween costumes and fall wreathes. Coffee shops were already selling gingerbread lattes when it is still warm outside. Why is there this insane rush from one holiday to the next? If we are being honest with ourselves we’d probably would admit that we too don’t enjoy the rushing of each holiday season. It’s just so easy to get carried away with activity this time of year.
But there is a way to step off the crazy train and reclaim Christmas. What’s the secret you ask? Having a singular focus. We can choose to not rush the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This December, join me in focusing each day on Jesus, as the apostle Paul says, on the “source and perfecter of our faith.” Even though at this very moment the stores are enticing us to focus on decorations, gifts, holiday baking and more, let us purposefully heed Paul’s advice and keep our eyes on Jesus.
We may have already gotten caught up in this craziness of the holiday season but that’s okay. It’s not too late to take back December. We can stop looking ahead to the next thing and, instead, fix our gaze on what is before us. How nice would it feel to take a deep breath and focus on the blessing of a baby born in a manger to save us from our sins? For the remainder of this season, let us move forward in joy, giving Christ our full attention.