I Hate Christmas

Someone said that to me the other day, and I had to chuckle a little bit.  I understood what they meant.  So I asked them, "Do you hate the holidays but love Christmas?"  They thought about it a moment and then with a slight smile said, "Yea, that's it!"

I've had that conversation among followers of Jesus every Christmas season for years.  There comes the point when you say enough is enough.  The holiday season can overwhelm anyone's emotions, patined and pocketbook.  Everyone has come to an end where they say, "No more!"  Whether it is Christmas shopping or eggnog.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I am the first to acknowledge that being overwhelmed is much in the eye of the beholder.  Never would I suggest that the follower of Jesus who is begging for their next meal compares with waiting in a long check out line at Wal-Mart.  Perspective is everything. 

But what I do want to address is our attitude.  Is there anything that is worth our salvation?  Is there anything worth forfeiting our witness with an angry fit of emotion?  Is there anything that worth disgracing the Gospel of Jesus with a foul attitude?  

I've been there when there has been one too many snarky comments made.  I've been there when someone has insulted my intelligence, questioned my faith or challenged my IQ.  In a world that is too quick to become angry, it is a temptation that too many of us embrace.  

Instead of blowing our top, let it go.  What is there to be gained from a Christmas bru ha ha?  What is there to be obtained from generations of family members recounting the time you, "lost it" thus explaining why you're not invited over anymore?  What is there to gain?

Patience, love, joy, and hope are to rule and reign over our hearts.  Even more so during this time of the year.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, don't let me lose it this year.  AMEN