Here are five ways to keep your focus on Jesus during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, and Christmas will be here before you know it. And if you are anything like me, between church and home it feels like you have 100 million things on your to-do list that need to be checked off. It’s the busiest time of year and our schedules are packed. But it is important for us to constantly keep our focus on God and Jesus.
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1. Give Thanks- There’s a trend on Facebook that comes back around this time of year. People update their status every day with reasons why they are thankful. Putting a twist on that, carry around a small notebook every day and write down thank-you notes to God-anything that comes to mind. At first you may have to look around closely, but like cardio, this exercise will train your heart and being thankful will soon come naturally. At the end of each day, go back to your notebook and once again give thanks to God for the things he’s given and thanks to Jesus for the freedom we have to enjoy it. (Here’s a game you can play with your kids leading up to Thanksgiving to help them be thankful as well!)
2. Find a Friend- I recently heard someone described as a “Jesus anchor,” because he always brings the focus back on Jesus. Accountability partners are a great way to help keep you focused during this busy season. Find a friend or church member to be your Jesus anchor, and you can help them keep their focus on Jesus as well.
3. Use Daily Reminders- Leave notes with Bible verses all around you: on your bathroom mirror, car visor, and even the TV remote control. The holiday season can be a brain drain. Simple notes throughout the day can help you remember what’s truly important.
4. Recharge Your Batteries- In the months leading up to this year’s KidMin, I had the privilege of talking to author and speaker Kevin Carroll. During our conversations, one thing that he mentioned was that we all should keep our batteries charged. “Your neural energy…How are you taking care of that? How are you replacing that? How are you physically refueling yourself? You need to be doing that on a regular basis…find some things that are sources of joy that make you laugh and tickle your brain and make you giggle. Those things that you do because they feed you.” Take some time for yourself and let God recharge you. Go enjoy nature on a walk. Play some worship music. Do whatever it is you enjoy to relax, spend some alone time with God, and rejuvenate.
5. Review Some Biblical Examples- Read Matthew 14:22-33. Peter was walking on water until he moved his focus off Jesus and on to all the problems around him. Or check out Luke 10, and read about Mary and Martha when Jesus visited their house. Martha was busy rushing around and serving. But Mary understood the importance of keeping her focus on Jesus. As you prepare your church and your home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, remember who the guest of honor is and where your focus should be.
How do you stay focused on Jesus during the holidays? Do you do something special to recharge your batteries? Let us know in the comment section below!