Our worship service at Red Mountain United Methodist Church touched my heart today. I left church thanking God for Pastor Jen and her message and for the feeling of peace. I did not want to turn on the news, or pick up the newspaper for the rest of the day. I did not want our messy world to invade the peace I felt. I loved hearing Advent stories I could relate to. Stories that touched my heart.
I recalled memories of 30 years ago. A that time, the beginning of Advent was also the beginning of busyness and chaos in my life. We had a Radio Shack Franchise in Wellington, Kansas. That meant no days off from Thanksgiving thru Christmas. The closer it got to Christmas, the more desperate people became to buy anything – for whomever was on their Christmas list. It was easy to make sales! But I did not have time to put any thought into shopping for my boys. My priorities were messed up as we had to run the store and make a living. My life was too busy and too crazy.
I wish I could relive those years with the wisdom I have now. As the circle of life continues, the example for my children was not done well. I bought plenty of stuff to show them I loved them. Instead, I should have been spending time with them. I have been decluttering ever since and discovered the more you own- the more it owns you. I am still getting rid of some of clutter today that I moved all over the country with me.
We turn on the news, and it is no longer politics but the chaos of black Friday and constant commercials telling us what we need to purchase.
I pray my children and grandchildren will learn sooner then I did, that life is for living and not for having stuff. I hope they take time to just enjoy each other. As I age, I realize, life could end at any moment. It is so much better to be happy than busy, to be with those I love rather than buy things.
May God richly bless you as you draw closer to Him in your spiritual walk this Advent Season. We have no control of our outside messy world, but we do have control of what is in our hearts. My prayer for you is that God has come into your heart so you will feel His inner peace –