Series: Seasonal Attitudes To Have All Year Long
We have been looking at seasonal attitudes to have all year long. First, there’s contentment, which is vital in a season where overspending is easy to do. Second, we looked at being thankful, especially how it can be a catalyst to our spiritual growth. Another attitude that we need to seek during the busy and hectic holidays is that of peace. Why peace? Because peace is the antidote to the holiday stress that we run into.
A woman was doing her last-minute Christmas shopping at a crowded mall. She was tired of fighting the crowds. She was tired of standing in lines. She was tired of fighting her way down long aisles looking for a gift that had sold out days before.
Her arms were full of bulky packages when an elevator door opened. It was full. The occupants of the elevator grudgingly tightened ranks to allow a small space for her and her load.
As the doors closed, she blurted out, “Whoever is responsible for this whole Christmas thing ought to be arrested, strung up, and shot!”
A few others nodded their heads or grunted in agreement.
Then, from somewhere in the back of the elevator, came a single voice that said: “Don’t worry. They already crucified him.”
(Homiletics, vol. 18 [November–December 2006] qtd. in Craig Brian Larson and Phyllis Ten Elshof, 1001 Illustrations That Connect [Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2008], 372–373)
What stresses you out during the holiday season? Trying to find the perfect present? Having all sorts of family in close quarters? Events and parties to attend? For me it is the stress of seeing Christmas commercialized. I really hate how materialism has so engulfed Christmas that the real reason for the season is marginalized even in the lives of Christians.
How can we have peace that overcomes our stress? First, you need peace with God and then you need peace from God.