So Much of … Everything but Jesus Over the Holidays

Everything but Jesus over the Holidays?Think about what tends to happen over the holiday season. So much of our time, attention, efforts, and resources go into preparing for the holidays that we barely enjoy this special time of the year. We can become so distracted that we lose focus of the One who deserves our praise, thanksgiving, adoration, and wholehearted devotion.

So much hustle and bustle over the holidays:

Already a busy people, we become even busier around the holidays. Though a time of year our thoughts should be centered around the Lord, we can become too busy to spend real time with Him.

Take this Challenge: Keep Jesus a priority.

So much emphasis on the newest and best gift-giving and decorating:

Already a material people, we become even more dazzled in finding the latest fad or most popular brand, the newest decorations or table settings. Does our quest for getting it just right crowd out sharing of the best gift — Jesus Christ?

Remember: Jesus is more than a fad. He is always relevant for Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

So much stress and depression during the holiday season:

Already a stressed out and emotionally fragile people, we become even more burnt out or feeling alone at the holidays. Yet, during this time of thanksgiving and celebration we should feel more alive because of the hope we have in Jesus.

Make a Choice: Lay hold of that abundant life Jesus came to give you that’s full of peace, joy, and contentment.

So much financial, physical, and relational drain during the holidays:

Already maxed-out, we become even more in debt, tired, and wanting to get away from people. Yet, it’s a time that should bring us together, grateful for people in our lives and for all we have been given.

Run to Jesus: He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

Adult Curriculum to Help Us Find Our Way Back to Jesus:

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