Monday, October 27, 2014
Ready or not… Here it comes! The holiday season is upon us, which is the most wonderful, yet busiest, time of the year. Between pumpkin carving, costume making, turkey basting, Christmas shopping, school programs, church programs, work parties, travel plans, and hosting crazy people we call family… the holiday season can quickly exhaust our every resource – spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially.
Here in Kidslife the holiday season is a time when we also kick things into overdrive, aiming to celebrate each of these exciting moments in our kids lives with special events, inspiring guests, and unique services.
With all the busyness built into the months ahead, it challenges the approach we have to planning our holiday services. We don’t want to add to the clutter on the calendar. We don’t want to be more chatter in the minds and hearts of our kids. Our desire is to make each and every moment we have with them count, especially with countless gadgets and gatherings competing for their attention.
With that in mind, we are approaching each special event with two questions in mind. Why and what? Why are we celebrating this event? And what do we want our kids to walk away knowing? Answering these two questions helps cut out the clutter and brings clarity about what we’re really trying to accomplish. It continually refocuses our vision to make sure we are making each moment count. When we may only have one service, or 90 minutes, to make an eternal impact in the life of a child, there is too much as stake to not ask these questions.
I wonder what this holiday season might look like for us all personally if we stopped and asked ourselves the same questions. Why and what? Before we filled our calendars to overflowing, before we drained our bank accounts and love tanks, before we sacrifice precious time and resources, what if we asked why and what? Why are we celebrating and committing ourselves to events throughout this season? And what will we take away or have to sacrifice in the process?
In the same way answering these questions helps us clarify what experience kids have in our services, I think your own answers could help clarify what experience you want your family to have this holiday season. In these fleeting, priceless moments, what do you want your kids to remember? Are there some things, even traditions, that you say “no” to in order to free up precious resources? What is truly important to you and your family? There is simply too much at stake to get lost in the busyness of the season.
John 10:10 tells us “The thief has come to kill, steal, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Don’t allow the thief to kill your energy, steal your joy, and destroy your resources this holiday season. God intends for this season, and everyday, to bring you abundant life. But this won’t happen by accident. We must choose to walk in His best.
I pray that we will all walk with more intentionality this holiday season – that asking tough questions and choosing wisely for our family will leave us full of more life, hope, and passion for what lies ahead in the next year.