Having a right-heart during the holidays is always a challenge for me. It seems every year it’s harder to get into the seasonal cheer.
I don’t think I’m naturally a Scrooge, but sometimes the festivities of Thanksgiving and Christmas just seem like more things to add to an already full to-do list. I KNOW I need an attitude adjustment when I feel the prick of resentment growing in my heart this time of year!
Today I have a devotion running about my bad attitude. If you haven’t read it, click here to read it. And if you are visiting my blog after reading it, welcome!
As we face a busy season of the year, I want my heart to sing with the joy of getting to do all this, not having to do it. This attitude adjustment will not happen from sheer force of will. It will not happen with a Hallmark Christmas marathon. It won’t even happen with a gingerbread latte.
I will only have a right heart when my mind is renewed. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
So how do we renew our minds?
Colossians 3:2 gives us a hint, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (NASB)
I like how the KJV says it, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Yes, set my heart on the things of God … His greater purpose in every detail of my day.
God is the great maximizer of mundane things. No effort, action, errand, or word is so minuscule that He can’t make something masterful from it.
When I shift my thinking from what I’m going to do, to what God is going to do, everything becomes sacred. The kitchen sink becomes an altar, the minivan becomes church, the sound of children laughing becomes a chorus. And maybe, just maybe, I might even be a light that Jesus spoke about.
Oh that my heart would be set on things above. And yet, in the midst of being heavenly minded, I also need to be concerned with the practical side of things. So forgive me when I shift gears here, because in my devotion today, I promised to share some holiday ideas.
A few years ago, my friend Karen Ehman and I co-authored a book called Everyday Confetti. And as an added bonus we created a short 15-page e-book called “Tips for a Sacred, Simplified Christmas” with ideas on how to bring your family into your holiday planning, how to create a Christmas binder, family ideas and some holiday recipes.
To download the FREE PDF, click here.
We also created a FREE email series called 7 Days to a Hassle-Free Holidays, where we share more strategies and practical ideas to help you stay organized during the busy season. As a bonus 25 recipes are also included. Click here to sign-up.
I hope these free resources remove some of the stress of the coming weeks. But the best stress-reliever is truly the Holy Spirit’s peace.
I pray you experience that peace when your heart starts to feel a few sizes too small.