20 days until Christmas. It’s getting a little crazy around here but we are still working hard on keeping the balls rolling, finishing the school year well and maintaining a sense of sanity amongst all the craziness of the season.
And I couldn’t have said this better myself but Mr Dodd has given us some wonderful insights into how to manage this busy time. Here’s what he had to say this week to us BCSers.
At this time of year, it’s easy to feel like a coin rolling into one of those charity plastic wishing wells – the ones where the coin starts slowly on the outside, near the top and then as it rolls round, it gets faster and faster until in a final frenzy it drops into the hole. We can all relate to that frenzied busyness at Christmas. The year doesn’t wind down – it winds up! We can get stressed, tired and grumpy. We can rush our relationships and our conversations. In all this – it’s a good time to remember a challenge about priorities set by a Christian author Max Lucado.
He encourages us to think of our problems (often related to our busyness) as being like a small coin. If we focus on the coin and raise it right up to our eye it can become so large that we don’t see anything else. The problem takes over. However, by keeping a Godly perspective on our problems we can see what is challenging us in relation to God’s blessings around us. As the year ends, if those feelings of frenzy come, remember that God is in control. God’s grace is enough, especially at Christmas. As the angel said in our memory verse, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born unto you.”
As you can see it’s all about perspective. How we choose to view our challenges can have a significant impact on our day, and sometimes even influence how we manage the bigger stuff in life like relationships, especially during the Christmas season.
So I encourage you to carve out time over the next couple of weeks to think about some of the things that you feel are getting a little out of control and make sure that your problems are kept in perspective with God’s promises.
May you be blessed abundantly as we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome the wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth.