Once we pass Gaudate Sunday, it seems, time seems to accelerate toward Christmas. What can you do this year to keep the focus where it belongs? We have three ideas:
- Give God a Christmas present! Make your gift one that no one knows about, and make it a sacrifice. Perhaps you can forgive someone you’ve needed to forgive. Perhaps you can give away something dear to you that someone else in your life needs. Whatever it is, it will be dear to God.
- Write a Christmas letter to someone who needs it. Choose someone you don’t know—a missionary stationed far from home, a soldier serving in the military, a volunteer at a soup kitchen or a refugee camp. Assure them of your prayers. It will mean the world to them this Christmas.
- Really listen to a Christmas song. This is possibly the easiest form of meditation! We sing Christmas carols without actually hearing them because they’re so familiar. Choose one, print out the words, and give yourself ten minutes to read it and truly think about it. Then when you hear it again, you’ll be putting Jesus first instead of fuzzy feelings that might otherwise surround the song.
Putting Jesus first can be a challenge as Christmas approaches, but there are simple ways that you can bring your attention, thoughts, and heart back to the source.
Why not share how you’re putting Jesus first this Advent and Christmas?