Can you believe it is December already? 2015 has seemed to just fly by! Christmas is now just a couple weeks away. College students, you made it through the semester, congratulations! I’m writing because the holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. For many reasons but one of the main reasons is simply, time off. Regardless if you are in school or not, Christmas seems to present an opportunity to take a bit of a break from the normal routine to relax a bit. As we enter these next few weeks here are 3 suggestions on how you can make this Christmas your best one yet.
1. Rest Well
Have you ever come back from vacation more tired than when you left? I’ve noticed this pattern in my life and I honestly believe it is due to laziness. Laziness and rest are two different things entirely, but we often mistake them for each other or we hide our laziness under the umbrella of rest. This Christmas break choose to rest well! What does that mean? Read that book that you’ve been wanting to read, wake up early and go for a run, or go explore a town you have never been to before. Why? Because there is something about being intentional with your down time that is truly refreshing. When I choose to let my vacation time become Netflix marathons and all you can eat buffets I head back to work tired, I get myself stuck in a routine of slothfulness and it takes a long time to get out of it. This doesn’t mean don’t sleep in or don’t have a movie marathon, but be proactive in making sure you have balance. Rest well.
2. Make Connecting a Priority
What would happen if you prioritized people in your life that matter to you? In this Christmas season maybe it is time to get off the phone, listen better, catch up more, and lose yourself in conversation. I’m not great at this, so I’m preaching to myself. What I have seen, however, is that when I choose to prioritize relationships, my life has a level of richness to it that often is missing when I go without. This holiday season is a great time to grab coffee with old friends or have people over to your house to play board games. If you want to go back to your job or your school more refreshed… get around people. Scripture says: “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25) Be generous with your life, be a listening ear, refresh others and watch how your life will flourish.
3. Grow Spiritually
You are reading this blog on a church website so, of course, I had to throw this one in. But really, in all seriousness, I have heard so many people say they are too busy to set up a routine in their life of reading scripture & taking time to pray. Okay, you have some time off now, let’s get this train in motion. The reality is we all go through different chapters of life, some are busier than others. It is important to resolve that regardless of what season or what is on our to-do list. We will not forfeit our spiritual maturity on the altar of inconvenience. If you are in the pattern of engaging scripture daily do not stop simply because you have some time off. Stay engaged, it is important that we do not view our spirituality as something we can simply take a break from and come back to later. When we choose to keep God first, even on our vacations, it can begin to create a craving for continued spiritual growth in life’s busy moments as well.
I believe this can be your best Christmas yet. Let’s intentionally rest, connect, grow, and watch our lives flourish as we move into 2016. Merry Christmas friends, I hope you have a wonderful time of celebration.
By: Benji Block
Eikon Church Worship Pastor