‘Prepare the way for the LORD’s coming! Clear the road for him! The valleys will be filled, and the mountains and hills made level. The curves will be straightened, and the rough places made smooth. And then all people will see the salvation sent from God.’ Luke 3:4-6 NLT
This passage is one of the commonly used Scripture passages during the season of Advent. Make way for the Lord! That is what this season is all about.
But he so easily gets crowded out. There are so many “should do’s” during the month of December. We hang the lights on the house, put up the tree, bake the Christmas Cookies, sign up for the servant event at church, clean the house for guests, attend the Christmas party, send out our Christmas cards, and much more. It always seems like one more thing.
It makes me wonder if Jesus is really happy about all this. Are we honoring him? After all this season is supposed to be all about him. Whose expectations are we trying to live up to? Why do we do all this stuff that we do?
One of the best things we can do during the Christmas season is to just say “no.” We worry about letting other people down. Or we worry that if we don’t participate we will somehow miss out. The reality the other people are probably too busy to take notice that you are not participating. And by saying “no,” you are giving yourself some space.
Preparing ourselves for Jesus is involves silencing ourselves. Jesus says, “Abide in me and you will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5)
There is the story about Mary and Martha. Martha is scrambling all around and trying to do everything that needs to be done for Jesus. At the same time the Bible says Mary is sitting at Jesus feet listening to what he has to say. Jesus says, “Martha, Martha you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needful and Mary has chosen what is better.” Martha had placed false expectations upon herself. She felt like she needed to do what she was doing, but it was not Jesus that was demanding it of her. (Luke 10:38-42)
Jesus said, “take my yoke for it is easy and light.” (Matthew 11:30) If you are feeling overwhelmed this Christmas season take a step back, consider why you are doing what you are doing, and then just say “no.” Then take some time and open up the Bible. Pray together with your family. Sing some Christmas carols. Enjoy the gifts and blessing God has already put in your life.