We are all familiar with Alvin and the Chipmunks singing “Christmas Don’t Be Late!” This year I’m hoping it will be! I haven’t bought the hoola-hoop yet! Not to mention it’s not even Thanksgiving! I thought the tree went up after Thanksgiving?! Is that not a thing anymore? What about waiting on Christmas music until Dec. 1?! The rule in my house growing up was no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving or the first snow, whichever one came first. Now you can listen to it on the radio as soon as Halloween is over! And why is every store, every parking lot, and every road full of people?! It’s been this way since the beginning of November!
I’m Not Ready!
Maybe it’s because I have gone back to school? Maybe it’s being in between homes for a part of this year? Perhaps it’s my incredibly busy schedule lately? Whatever the reason, it’s too early and everyone needs to slow down a bit!
I know it’s coming but want it to wait. There is so much to still do, see and accomplish before that day arrives! If you read anything I wrote from this time last year, you know I was in a much better place. I was “feeling” it. Ready, set, let’s Christmas. This year? Not so much.
If I’m honest, and maybe you can be honest with me, I feel the same way about the return of Christ. (There you go getting spiritual on us!) Think about it though. Don’t you want to live a little first? We have to get our affairs in order still. And there is so much I want to do, see and accomplish before that day arrives. I still love God. I still want Him to come back. But can You wait a few more years?!
I know you have thought it too. There are moments that I am ready. Take me now Lord! There are as many moments that I would prefer to see my kids grow up. To accomplish what I have set out to accomplish. To enjoy retirement! There is still so much potential inside me that has yet to be realized.
There is a big difference between potential and purpose though. Jesus dies without living to his potential. His potential was to rule the world, literally! But purpose always trumps potential. Purpose always trumps passion. So now what? “How then should we live?”
I think we can have both. We are told to eagerly await His return. His return is worth waiting for, I can promise you that! We are not to worry about tomorrow. That thought comes with the understood notion that we are allowed to enjoy today though. We are encouraged to live in the moment. Embrace where you are in life! Enjoy Christmas, absolutely! But don’t forget to enjoy November 26th as well!