Perspective is a funny thing isn’t it? It changes with time and experience, growth and wisdom. There’s a reason that God's word instructs older women in Titus 2:3-5 to teach younger women. It’s part of His design for life.
It’s so easy, especially during the holidays, to get wrapped up in the to-do list of life and to miss the moments.
A decade ago, my husband's company began bringing their leadership team and their spouses on an annual getaway...10 days before Christmas! Sounds wonderful, right?
Perspective is everything. This year it IS wonderful. It feels like a gift from God.
However, when I began coming my children were 12, 10, and 7 years old. TEN days before Christmas I walked out the door crying as I hopped into the car! How would I bake the cookies, mail the presents, shop for the kids, host a party.....how would I even attend some of the parties and events around this magical time of the year??? It was painful.
Here I sit, 10 years later, watching the tide slip in and out. Presents are mailed, shopping is wrapped up, the Christmas menu is planned, and, for the first time in.my.life, I decorated the Christmas tree alone. I didn’t love being alone as I decorated, but I had a choice. I could either weep and long for what was, or I could focus on how excited I am that we WILL be together for Christmas!
It’s my choice.
Time moves and seasons change. It is His design! We won’t escape it. This season of life is so sweet in its own way, and I am learning to adjust. We all must! If we refuse to adjust we miss the moments God gives in the place we are in. There are precious moments in ALL of the places. There are treasures tucked into ALL of God’s timing, but we must seek them out.
The first Christmas when you are SO excited, and your sweet baby is asleep the entire day. Treasure!
The toddler who is so overwhelmed they are stunned into silence and awe, or are talking gibberish while trying to figure it out! Treasure!
The child who runs around the house in disbelief over the gift they HAD to have or they knew they wouldn’t get! Treasure!
The middle schooler who is too cool to be excited but a side grin creeps out because the pleasure can’t be contained. Treasure!
The high schooler who is maturing into genuine appreciation offering eye contact and a sincere thank you. Treasure!
The college student who is desperate for some clothes and money, but is really just glad to be home with family. Treasure!
The married child who is building a life, working to blend and balance all of your family traditions with the traditions of another. Treasure!
Another generation of littles and bigs to love and watch, teach and shape. Treasure!
Today, a week before Christmas, we at Ignite the Family give you the gift of perspective. If the turkey is dry, so be it. If the gift doesn’t arrive, print a picture and wrap it up. If the tree falls over and crushes the heirloom ornament, pick up the pieces and make something out of it. Don’t let the messes rob you of the moments! Because, the moments, good or bad, WILL turn to memories!
You won’t get this Christmas back. It is the only one you will have in this season. Time doesn’t stop for us to linger!
Treasure this time!
MAKE this Christmas a time you treasure!
Enjoy and give thanks!
Before you go! I'd love for you to take a listen to this song by Adeline Hill, an amazing singer and songwriter. She and her family are dear family friends. Eric and Kristin have poured into our family in so many ways, including marrying Ansley and Will! I have mentored Adeline for years and know her heart well.
In the season leading up to her high school graduation Adeline was coming to grips with the change of season. Adeline released “How Can It Be Time Already” just before she and my son graduated. During their graduation, Adeline sang this TRUTH!
I sat and watched my son walk down the aisle. I watched the kids who had been in and out of my house for food, fun, and bible studies sit on the front row in both excitement and tears. I sat and watched Eric and Kristin, my dear friends, in tears as their first child to leave home sang these words. I sat and watched Adeline express the deep feelings of a parent's heart, feelings that come over and over with each and every season! The words moved everyone in the room causing us all to both reflect and to be intentional with the time we have been given!
We hope in the hustle and bustle of the holidays you will allow God to use this song to minister to your heart and to remind you to treasure the time with your family!