6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
I wonder what my neighbors would have thought if they glanced out their window at me on some of the occasions that I have spent time shoveling my driveway. They would probably see a figure that resembles something like little Randy Parker from “A Christmas Story,” dressed in layers of jackets and long underwear, whacking mercilessly at piles of snow.
I’ve never liked shoveling my driveway. It’s not that I despise chores or household projects; in fact, I really do like mowing the lawn! But shoveling the snow always seems like a never ending task to me. Once I complete one pass down the width of my driveway, I turn around to see the great length of my snow-covered driveway taunting me with heavy, shoulder bruising labor.
Many of you may be picking up on the pettiness of my life-long power struggle with my driveway in the winter. But in complement to the old, well-known truth about the holiday season, this is how we often approach our tasks associated with Christmas and the New Year. Everyone seems to deal with a long list of ‘necessaries’ around the most wonderful time of the year.
The Holidays are a whimsical time of warmth, love, joy and peace. But it’s not the list of parties to attend, or gifts to buy that make it this way; it’s the deep, affectionate love of God to give of himself to symbolically and verbally say “I’m all that really matters! Come to me, and I’ll give you everything that you need.”
This holiday season; make a strong effort for you and your families to remember the real reason for the season. Spend time thanking God for the past year, and pray together for the year to come. And when your long list of tasks reminds you of what needs to be done, remember that you have the power to shovel it away with a big, determined smile on your face.
Consider and Discuss:
What is 1 way that you can make sure you really celebrate Jesus this season?