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.
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
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.
Looking for more tips for focusing on God?
Check out the article, "Go
Deeper With God." And if you want to help your kids learn to
focus on what's really important, try playing a
game of Focus.
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!