So, I have to be honest. I haven’t really been in the holiday spirit this year. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve become cynical, too much of a realist, or I’m so focused on just growing that I haven’t stopped to enjoy the present.
I can also say that it’s usually during this time of year where I take a look at the progress that I’ve made throughout the year regarding my career, relationships, finances, etc and determine my state of achievement from there.
I think another major reality is that traditions haven’t always been kept over the year with my family due to life changes and transitions, and with that, I think I have accidentally allowed myself to fall into a state of non-expectancy.
It wasn’t until I came home one day to find my mother putting up the Christmas tree alone, that it hit me that the holidays are not just about me. It’s not just about what I’m feeling or where my head is at, but more about the memories that I get to make with those I love around this time every year. It was in that moment that she reminded me that it’s important to make the best of where God has us and to appreciate His grace through all of this. He truly is taking us one step at a time.
It’s funny how God uses moments like this to give perspective.
Regardless of where I thought I would be at this point in the year, which events take place or don’t, appeared progress or not, I am blessed beyond measure to have a literal village of people that will never stop praying for me, checking me, accepting me, and challenging me to go for all that God has called me. This is the season to be thankful and to celebrate life no matter what!
Even though the “most wonderful time of the year” should extend outside of the latter months of the year, be sure to never forget to appreciate the ones that you love and the God that gave them to you because that is what it’s all about.
I challenge you to reach out to a loved one you haven’t talked to in awhile, reschedule that cancelled dinner date, and just enjoy the space that you are in! You can thank me later. lol
Until next time.
Yours, but most importantly His,