The Magic Of Christmas

Devotional
“Opportunity of a Lifetime”

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” – John 10:10

I have a confession. I am one of those weird people that can’t get enough of the Christmas season, no matter what time of year it is. We all have coping mechanisms. Some people shop. Some people eat sweets. I listen to Christmas music.

There’s something about Christmas that brings a smile to my face. So, naturally, when Christmas comes around, I want to make the most of it. It’s as if I develop Christmas FOMO (fear of missing out). I want to make sure I experience the season to the fullest, so my December days are jam-packed with Santa visits, Nutcracker tickets, Christmas tree excursions, gingerbread house contests, holiday light exhibits, caroling concerts, every Christmas movie known to man, and too many Christmas parties to count. It’s no wonder that by the time January rolls around, I’m ready for a long nap.

Maybe you can relate to that feeling. While none of these things are bad, it’s easy for me to lose sight of the joy God is trying to show me in the middle of this season. Amid the busyness, I am reminded to be present, to look around, and to realize that God is at work.

It’s a time to celebrate what God has done in my life, to reflect on the past year, and to observe God in the little things around me. When I can look at each day through the lens of faith, hope, and opportunity, God shows up and uses me in ways I could never imagine.

As I shuffle from party to party, I realize I have the opportunity to encourage others, to bring laughter to those going through difficult times, and to be generous to those I have never met. This one concept has changed my whole approach to the Christmas season. It’s amazing how much I see God when I actually take time to look for him at work in my life. Instead of a list of dates on my calendar, I instead recognize how many opportunities I have to know God more and to experience the joy he intends for me to have throughout the year. Where is God at work in your life? What opportunities is he giving you today?

Leah Selby
Care Network