Embracing the True Holiday Spirit

Amid twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holidays. Yet, in this whirlwind of activity, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of the season.

As Christians, we are called to embrace a different kind of holiday spirit—one that goes beyond the superficial glitz and glam. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). Amidst the shopping lists, party invitations, and travel plans, let’s remember to find our rest in Him.

The holiday season is a beautiful opportunity to extend the love and grace that God has lavished upon us. It’s a time to share kindness, offer forgiveness, and express gratitude. In Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV), we are reminded of the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities should shine brightly in our lives, especially during the busiest time of the year.

Consider the example set by the Magi who traveled from afar to worship the newborn King. Their journey wasn’t easy, but their hearts were filled with anticipation and reverence. Similarly, let’s approach this holiday season with hearts full of gratitude for the gift of Jesus Christ. Let the love that came down on that first Christmas inspire us to love one another and spread joy wherever we go.

As we navigate the holiday rush, let’s not forget the importance of spending quality time with our loved ones. In the book of Luke, we are reminded of Mary, who chose to sit at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was busy with preparations. During this season, let’s choose moments of quiet reflection, cherishing the company of those we hold dear.

Ultimately, the true holiday spirit is found in the love, joy, and peace that comes from a relationship with our Savior. So, let’s intentionally weave these qualities into the fabric of our celebrations. May our actions, words, and attitudes reflect the light of Christ, bringing hope to a world that so desperately needs it.

This Christmas, let’s be intentional about embracing the true holiday spirit—a spirit grounded in the love of Christ and shared with those around us.