How many times do things come up unexpectedly that drive us to frustration and anxiety because they weren’t what was in our carefully constructed plan, especially this time of year when our schedules and to-do lists are a mile long? Sometimes I can be so dead-set on finishing a task that Jesus himself could walk through the door, and I wouldn’t look up or slow down. (Sorry, Jesus!) Amidst all the hustle of the Christmas season, let’s practice slowing down enough to see the people God is putting in front of us who need our attention and affection.
Throughout the movie, Cindy Lou Who’s persistence eventually leads to the softening of the Grinch’s heart to see the true meaning of Christmas. It doesn’t really matter what I buy for my mom, dad, brothers or niece; what matters is how persistent my love for them is, even when I don’t feel like it. What would it look like if we put just as much effort into loving our family and friends as we did into our shopping lists?
This year I resolved to limit my time spent online browsing after I noticed myself spending a liberal amount of time scrolling through Pinterest and online shops to come up with a list of every clothing item, recipe and household décor I ‘need’ for the perfect Christmas. I noticed how easy it is to fall victim to focusing on the things I want or “need” and completely neglecting the things I already have, as if they’re just not enough. My challenge for us during this season is to spend less time thinking about our “need” and more time being grateful for what we already have.
At the heart of evangelization is the Gospel. It’s an Encounter with a Person, and what better time to grow as disciples and evangelizers of Jesus than the season that remembers and celebrates his coming into the world? My hope for us this Christmas season is to live a little more boldly and love a little more generously.