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Slow Down, Be Still, and Cherish Christ this Weekend

By: Kristen Clark

You’ve got to be kidding me! I thought. This is absolutely crazy. With my basket full of Christmas presents, I navigated my cart to the back of the insanely long checkout line. There had to be at least 30 people in front of me. I scanned the contents of various baskets as I passed by.

Yep. They’re here doing the same thing. I thought. Why didn’t I plan better?!

Everyone knows that last minute Christmas shopping at a really popular store is pretty much the worst idea ever. And here I was. Waiting in line at the store. Basket-to-basket with all the last minute shoppers.

Frustration stirred inside of me. I wasn’t mad at the store. I wasn’t angry at my fellow procrastinators (okay, well…maybe a little). I was primarily frustrated with my severe lack of planning and timing.

I decided to pull out my cell phone and check my email to help the time pass.

And that’s when it hit me. This is Christmas time. This is supposed to be “peace on earth” time. This supposed to be “all is calm” time. This is supposed to be “glory to the newborn King” time.

But it wasn’t. At least not in my heart.

As I stood there in line with my grumpy pants on, I felt a sense of nudging at my heart. Don’t forget what Christmas is truly about. Taking a deep breath, and stepping a few feet forward in line, I thought about Christmas.

Not the presents, shopping, music, and peppermint mochas.

I thought about Jesus.

I thought about this King of the world who was born in a humble stable. I thought about Mary and her incredible trust in God. I thought about Joseph and his obedience to marry his pregnant fiance. I thought about the shepherds and their excited anticipation to see the Messiah.

As these reminders filled my mind, the true meaning of Christmas refreshed my heart. Christmas is about Jesus.

Suddenly, the mile-long shopping line wasn’t as big of a deal. My “lack of planning” wasn’t the end of the world. My circumstances weren’t the problem, my heart was. In the midst of the shopping, shopping, shopping I lost sight of the bullseye. I forgot the meaning of Christmas. I overlooked the very Person I was celebrating.

Thankfully, God was gracious to nudge my heart and draw me back to what really matters.

In the middle of a bustling store, my heart found peace and joy again.

Christmas is about celebrating and cherishing Christ. If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you struggle to keep Christ at the center of your heart during Christmas as well. As the busy weekend approaches, I want to challenge you with the same challenge I’m giving to myself.

Slow down. Be still. Cherish Christ.

As I look forward to this weekend and Christmas Day, I don’t want to miss the most important thing. Jesus. I’m going to make intentional efforts to slow down, grab my Bible, and read about my Savior. My heart needs moments to be still. To reflect. To pray. To thank God for being my God.

If I don’t make intentional efforts to this, I will blow past Christmas without cherishing the Meaning of this holiday.

I don’t know what your weekend has in store for you, but I do know that if you aren’t intentional to cherish Christ you will miss Him. I can’t encourage you enough to plan some margin into your schedule. Turn off your phone and close your computer and open up God’s Word. Spend time reading about our amazing Savior in Luke 1-2. Spend some time being still and praising God through prayer.

If you want some additional reading to help you focus on Jesus this season, I highly recommend looking into the following posts:

Free Yourself to Focus on Christ This Christmas

Treasuring Christ Above All Else

You Were Made for Christmas

Will you join me in treasuring Christ this Christmas? I hope so. I’m praying for you. May we be women who join with Mary in saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47).

Let’s praise his name together!

“And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6b).

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14).

Merry Christmas!

I’d love to hear from you below.

  • In what ways do you find it challenging to cherish Christ during Christmas?
  • What is your favorite part of the Christmas story? Share with me below! 🙂

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  • Caitlyn

    I have always found the Christmas story to be so wonder-full and awing, yet last year and this year some of that childish wonder I think was overshadowed by “stress” of needing to find the perfect gifts, keeping my bank account above a certain buffer I’d set, and just all the things I love and wanted to do, but didn’t have enough time. As time has gone on, though, and after reading this post, I find that my heart is just not in the right place and my focus is on myself and the world, not the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you so much for shining this light to me!

    My favorite part of the Christmas story is probably when Christ is born and God reveals such a marvelous, incredible event to the Shepherds and wise men. This might sound kind of strange, but I just am blown away by how humble God is, and how He chose to share the great news that would change the world with mere common shepherds and wise men from afar, rather than lighting up the whole world and telling the richest, wisest and most powerful. I can’t fathom God’s humility!!

  • Shanae B

    It’s easy to get all caught up in the festivities or family stuff (positive and negative) and forget that’s it’s all about Christ! Thanks for sharing!

  • JN Mullaney

    Thank You Kristen! this post had perfect timing for me as usual. these past few days I’ve been more worried about getting gifts for everyone and worrying about what I’m going to wear( I outgrew last years Christmas dress because my chest grew. Girls you know what I’m talking about lol ) than focusing on the birth of Jesus. I took a walk this morning and asked God to forgive me for ignoring Him and asked Him to help me focus on the real meaning of Christmas. I feel so much more calm now! I think my favorite part of the Christmas Story is when the angel came to Mary and she was so calm and accepting about it. she submitted to God’s plan for her even though it seemed impossible. We need to be more like Mary.

  • theburritohasmyheart

    My favorite part of the Christmas story is when Mary and Joesph find the barn and the owners invited them in. Think about it: Jesus was born in a BARN, pretty much the last place you would wish to be born or give birth, and he is the Messiah. It just shows you how Jesus can be anywhere, even the deepest, darkest, places, and he can find you!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • theburritohasmyheart

    Thank you so much for this post, btw, I really needed it!


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