With everyday drawing closer to Jesus’ birthday the pressure seems to be building as Christmas lists get longer, deadlines at work are getting closer, and holiday parties are filling up the calendar. Not to mention an Elf on the Shelf that has to be moved every night!
In a season where we know Jesus is the focus, it’s easy to get our priorities out of whack in all the busyness! We find ourselves distracted and even discouraged under the pressures of the holidays. It's our desire to help you make the most of your time with family and friends and also set you up for success in the New Year.
Here are some quick tips to keep Christ at the center as you enter the holiday season:
1. Develop an off-ramp strategy from work
Too many leaders work full steam ahead right up until Christmas which leaves them exhausted, tired, and often unable to be fully present with their family. Make a point to intentionally slow down as Christmas gets closer, in order to wake up on Christmas Eve with some actual gas in the tank and extra energy for your family.
2. Read the Christmas story from the Bible
Many hear the Christmas story every year through family devotions, an Advent calendar, a Christmas play or snippets from church. But when was the last time you read it verse by verse, from the Gospels, reflecting on what God wants to say? Take some time out this Christmas to grab your Bible and look at the story afresh from His word once again.
3. Use the Five Capitals as a meditation on Jesus
Reflecting on each of the Five Capitals is a great way to meditate on the life of Jesus and the invitation God gives to each of us.
Spiritual Capital is Hope.
In Jesus we have hope in light of the difficulties of the struggles of life. In Him we can find joy, contentment, peace and fulfillment in life. Keep remembering where your hope lies this Christmas.
Relational Capital is Blessing.
Yes, we want to relax and rest this holiday season, but once your tank is filled-up look for those opportunities to bless others. Chat with neighbors, hold the door, buy a cup of coffee for someone, make that phone call. You are blessed to be a blessing!
Physical Capital is Presence.
Do your best to be present with others this year. When you give someone your full attention it validates and affirms them, and is truly the best gift you can give them.
Intellectual Capital is Discernment.
So much happens within a year, which is why it’s important to go for a walk, grab a cup of coffee, sit on the back porch and reflect on the year. Underneath the initial layers you’ll find powerful insights as to what happened, why it happened and how God was there in the midst of it - all of which you can use for fuel to ignite your new year.
Financial Capital is Generosity.
As you reflect on God’s generosity to you, think about who He might want you to reciprocate that generosity to. Whether in big ways or in small ways discern how you can give a bit more this year, as you quickly pour out what God so quickly pours out to you.
We hope you enjoy this guide and have a very, Merry Christmas!