Most of us are familiar with the Christmas story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, and “while they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” (Luke 2:6-7).
No Room at the Inn
It’s an interesting way for arguably the most influential person in history to come into the world, don’t you think? They had to put Jesus in a manger, because there wasn’t any room for them in the inn.
Is There Room for Jesus at Your Christmas?
Sometimes I look around at the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and I think not much has changed. They didn’t have room for Jesus when he was born, and we don’t have room for Jesus in our holiday season now.
For most people, the Christmas season is FULL. We’ve got presents to buy, parties to attend, and traveling to plan. We’re so busy filling our days and nights with stuff, we forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
What is Most Important?
Even if you aren’t religious, there’s probably something about the holiday season you view as “most important.” Maybe it’s spending time with family and friends, or serving people who are less fortunate than you. If we aren’t careful, what is most important can be crowded out by the drive to have more stuff and pack our schedule.
This Christmas season, make sure you take some time to remember and reflect on what’s most important. Don’t let consumerism and materialism dominate your holiday. The end result is stress, exhaustion, and credit card debt. It’s not worth it.