The most wonderful time of the year is just two days away!
Right now, you are probably taking a quick break from cyber shopping, running errands and getting ready to stampede the next store on your list. It is exciting buying things for those you love or even those less fortunate. This is the adrenaline rush that millions of businesses thrive on every holiday.
Consumers help businesses to fill the void of low profits, but how do you the loyal customer benefit?
What void are you trying to fill as you spend your extra dollars or even your last few? You might not know until it visually hits you in the face.
You see it through the joy of a mother who is intimately holding her new born at a food area in a mall. And it reminds you of a baby you lost. You see it through the energy of a family of five; a father, mother, and their three children pulling them in every direction. And it reminds you of a family you once had before divorce was final. Then you see a middle-aged woman helping her grandmother shop and it reminds you how you use to shop with your mother.
The reality of the void painfully hits you and paralyzes you with tough memories. You tightly grasp hold of the bags in your hands because they are the result of the real void you have been trying to fill.
Are they really?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6a, KJV).
Despite the anticipation it brings, December is known as the most difficult time of the year. It is when burnout sets in from a long year. It is when financial hardship is felt the most. It is when we feel the loneliest because we are missing loved ones no longer here. And with Christmas in the mix, we can really feel a deep void.
Tips for Filling the Void During Christmas
- Remember the Reason. Yes, it is a cliché phrase around this time, but it is so true. As promised, Baby Jesus was born to us. December 25th is the day that we celebrate his birth. His birth came with other promises. The promise of joy, peace, love, comfort and so much more. Allow his birth to bring calmness to your chaotic life.
2. Change your Complaints. When you find yourself complaining, start praising God. Consider those that are less fortunate. Your situation might seem difficult. It might even be bad to you. But remember there are other situations that are worse. Find at least one thing to praise God for and it will lift your spirit.
3. The Weight is Bearable. When you start to feel that your weight is unbearable, remember that “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (1 Cor. 10:13). You might be feeling as though you can not hold another bad news report. But we never know how strong we are until we are going through. God knows how much we can bear and he knows our strength.
As you continue to be little busy bees trying to make sure you have checked off your list, remember that the gift is not within the material gifts. You do not have to feel the pressure of trying to fill your void that way. Celebrate the birth of Jesus this Sunday, this Christmas by spending time with those you love.