The Advent Season is in its full force. The houses are decorated. For some people, the presents are safe inside the closet, and the parties are already planned. The only thing lacking are a few details that need to be worked out, but there are still plenty of time to figure them out.
For many other people the season is just beginning. They got the decoration done, but the other plans are in slow motion. There are a lot of things to get done before Christmas Eve.
But no matter where you are in this whole process, I would like to share with you four things that you definitely should avoid during the Advent Season.
1. Avoid spending more money than you can afford – The first one is a no-brainer during this economy. You should not spend more money than you have. I know that you know that, but the problem is, you want to keep the tradition. You want to give the best to your spouse and kids, and for some of you, you just want to show off what you can do. My advice is: DO NOT DO IT! If the finances are tight, do not overspend. Be creative and simple.
2. Avoid attending more parties than church events – The second thing that you should avoid is to attend more social parties than church events. Christmas is a religious holiday, and you should incorporate church events in your celebration. During this time of the year most of the churches have, besides their regular services, special programs such as children pageants, adult and children’s cantata, Christmas Eve Candle Light services, etc. There are even churches that organize a Live Nativity, with live animals, hot chocolate, and fellowship. Just take your family and go, you and your kids will love it.
3. Avoid taking care of the exterior more than the interior – Advent Season is a time when we should take a look inside of ourselves. But unfortunately we are so preoccupied with the exterior, decorations, the food, and holiday clothes, etc., that we forget to look inside and see the state of our soul and spirit. Christmas is not a historic and religious event only. It is a spiritual event. Because of that we are challenged to evaluate our spiritual fitness and the condition of our soul. Use this season to advance in your spiritual journey and to grow in your inner life. Use this time as a catapult to propel you into a deeper relationship with Christ.
4. Avoid celebrating the trivial gifts more than the Ultimate Gift – At Christmas we celebrate the coming of Christ in this world. He is the great gift from God to all of us. Because of this we should avoid to celebrate the trivial gifts more than the Ultimate gift. I know that the presents that we give and receive are a very important part of our celebration, but Jesus should be at the center of everything that we do during this season. He is the only reason for our celebration. The angel told the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11.” He gave Jesus three descriptions: Savior, Christ, and Lord. This is the time of the year when we look inside of ourselves and ask, Is Jesus my savior? Is Jesus my Messiah? Is Jesus my Lord? The great majority of the gifts that we will give or receive will get old and in a matter of time we will not use them anymore. During this season celebrate the Ultimate Gift that God gave you, His one and only Son.
Have a blessed week,