Last year God really started redirecting my focus on Him during Christmas. I plan to write about this in other posts, but if you want to read where God led me last year you can check out these posts.
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I can say my experience this Christmas season has been entirely different.
I made a Christmas Worship Playlist last year which you can listen to here. As the songs were playing a very special moment happened. Which is why I want to share with you what God showed me in decorating the tree.
Here are some things to think about if you are decorating this Christmas season.
Pulling Out The Boxes – You know the ones. Maybe in the attic, somewhere in the garage, or, if you’re like me, stored in a closet. Telling yourself, “I’ll organize this better next time so it isn’t a frazzled mess.” But then you clean up from festivities and you’re tired so you put it all back in a messy huff.
We are a mess, yet God sees a vision with us. He has a plan. The Potter who can put everything in our lives together for His good. He takes His time…every time with us.
Candy Canes– I’ve heard how candy canes can represent Christ’s dying for us and salvation as well as how candy canes can represent a shepherd’s staff. I have a little decoration in which two candy canes are crossed and it reminds me of making a promise.
Christ came to this earth pure. Without blemish, no sin, and when He was tempted He didn’t fall into it. God’s promise to us was kept. We were given a Messiah, a Savior. His name is Emmanuel for a reason. God is with us.
Santa Claus– An elephant in the room, I’m sure. When I see Santa, I am reminded how easily anything can be turned into an idol. How the world is okay with lying to others (not only with Santa but other things). It is a reminder of how easy deception is. How there is a pressure to be okay with something meant to be “light” even if deceptive, and if we aren’t others will think we are crazy because we question the lukewarmness of the origin.
But it is also a reminder of how empty the world is. How at our core we still seek “magic” someone to do impossible things. We seek and desire something greater. Santa is not it of course.
It is also a good reminder to remember that we cannot condemn others, and we need to be accountable to our judgment of others. We will be forgiven as we forgive. We will be judged as we judge. Whatever gifts the Lord has given us we need to share with others for His glory.
Setting Up The Base Of The Tree (Especially A Fake One)– We need a solid foundation and that can only come from Christ. We must be aware that there are false prophets and antichrists. People who will try to say they come from God, but He is not in them. If our foundation is unstable, we will waver and we easily can be deceived.
Remember that everything must begin at the bottom in order to grow up.
Expanding (Making Fuller) The Branches– This year I really took my time spreading the branches out and bending the ones near the top to look more like a real tree. I thought about how the Church body is the branches of Christ. The more God expands His branches, the more glory He receives, and the more others can be drawn in. The more the true Vine is in us, the more Christlike we become.
Lights– We are to be a light that is not hidden. A city on the hill. Notice one light does not make as much impact as many. It is the same with one person. We make more of an impact as the body. I think this is why Christ said city, not house. Unity comes from Christ.
Plain Round Ornaments– I look at these and I see all of the blessings we take for granted every day, and don’t notice. Things He has given and things He has prevented.
Ornaments At The Back Of The Tree- It is not about always being in the spotlight. We are told if we are at a wedding, rather sit in the back and be asked forward by the bride and groom, than to sit too up close and be told to go farther back.
I also think of how God sees everything both the good and bad, even if unseen by everyone else. Which also means, He sees the special moments we have with only Him.
Ornaments At The Bottom Of The Tree– To me, they represent how everyone has a part in Christ. We should never take opportunities we have for granted. We may reach people in ways we aren’t even aware of, but God is. Even if we are tasked with something small, it can be very important to God.
Bigger Decorated Round Ornaments– These to me represent the blessings we do see. The miracles, and the moments of God’s hand at work.
Special Ornaments– I see our testimonies and callings. What makes us uniquely crafted by the Potter. How we need to be thankful and grateful for what He has given us.
Tree Topper– Remember that God should always be our first priority. We are here to serve Him and don’t forget we always have Someone looking over us.
– I hope what I shared can speak to you. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, keep staying focused on Him in all things. ❤
How Do You Focus On Christ During Christmas And/Or In Your Daily Life?
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