HAPPY NOVEMBER, Y’ALL!
As we approach the holiday season, it’s exciting to think about the traditions, the weather, and events with friends and family. It’s crazy to me how thrilling it feels every single year, even though we probably do most of the same things year after year. It’s also pretty easy to get caught up in the gift-giving/receiving, the fun-filled packed schedules, and the Thanksgiving/Christmas to-do’s.
As we enter into the official holiday months, I want to focus on the things that don’t require an Amazon order, a Target run, or a Starbucks gift card. I want to focus on our attitudes, priorities, and hearts a little bit. I think most of us handle the holiday season pretty well – most of us don’t trample people for tv’s at Best Buy, spend thousands on our spouses, or scream at our children to make them smile for the perfect Christmas card photo. I do think, though, that the holiday magic can turn into an intensity that affects us all. We all feel the pressure to get our people the perfect gifts, to check off family traditions, and to create an overall blissful holiday atmosphere. All of those things are so great and I’ll definitely be apart of each of those things, but they also make our hearts more vulnerable to comparison, anxiety, and envy.
If you’re like me, then you were told your whole life that, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” to which I always thought, “Well, duh.” I’m not sure if I’ve ever intentionally tried to prepare my heart and mind for true humility and thankfulness during this season. When praying about the theme for this month, I almost chose “thankfulness,” obviously. When I prayed and thought about it more, I realized that one of the most powerful choices we can make to fight things like greed, over-indulging, envy, etc. is to choose a heart of humility. Every time we choose others over ourselves we make more room for Jesus to do His thing.
“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35
Will you do me a favor and re-read that verse again? Outloud actually. Sometimes I have a tendency to skip over verses when I read articles/blogs, so I want to make sure you’re better than me 🙂
Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else. Are you being a servant to everyone else? To anyone else?
Think on that. Ask yourself, who are the 3 or 5 most important people in your life? Are you actively trying to serve them? Now think beyond them. Are you serving people in your community, strangers you meet, people who are actually needy or impoverished?
Y’all. I’m gonna be honest. I hate selfishness. I hate seeing it in others. I hate seeing it and experiencing it with people I love and I realllly hate when I catch myself being selfish. I just hate it. I think it’s the root of every ugly thing we are and I think the enemy feeds off of it so easily nowadays.
So I’ve got a challenge for you. For the next week or so I want you to spend extra time with the Lord. Talk with him daily, read the word, and refocus who you are and how you’re supposed to be living for Him. Then pray. A lot. Pray for your relationship to strengthen and pray for others. Pray for your community and your people. I think you’ll find that you’ll gain some humility by simply spending time with the Lord.
After a week of this, we’ll move on to taking some action with our humility.
Now more than ever we need to choose love, choose others over ourselves, and seek the Lord for wisdom and understanding. Let’s get our pride and our desires out of the way for big things to happen, yeah?
Praying for you always,
– Cait –