Year after year, it’s common to hear the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” We often have to be reminded in the midst of endless advertisements, holiday shopping and general merriment that Christmas is a celebration of God’s gift of Christ to the world.
And this year is no different. In fact, this year we are especially distracted. For many of us, our hearts are heavy and we are still reeling from a series of tragic events. We’ve experienced and witnessed numerous natural disasters, tremendous violence in our country and the sudden deaths of men and women who we’ve respected and admired. Divisions and rifts in families and even churches created by this year’s presidential election continue to add chaos and heartbreak to what is for many already one of the most stressful times of the year.
As we reflect during this simultaneously challenging and joyous time, we can choose to bury our heads in the sand, and ignore what is going on around us. Or we can choose to wake up, and recognize the many signs that God has given us. When we read the bible, the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah and the flood are proof that God warns us ahead of time when we need to draw closer to him.
And this principle applies not only to how we respond to the events that are occurring in the world around us, but also to the events in our own lives, our homes and our places of work. It’s important that as we take the time to reflect at the year’s end on those stories that have garnered massive news attention, we also take equal if not more time to consider our own personal stories and journeys.
I often take this time to reflect on my successes, and also my failures - particularly those times when I disappointed God. I pray about it and I ask God for forgiveness. As women, we have a responsibility to pray, be vigilant and watch. For many of us, our professions leave us very little time for ourselves. We often feel like we don’t have time to listen to God and hear what he is telling us.
But as we go into the New Year, I urge you to sit down, take the time to listen and spend time with God. This is the time to assess how you’ve grown in your walk with Christ. This is the time to determine if the path you’re on is aligned with what God has asked you to do and what he has planned for you. This is all part of waking up to what needs to be done in 2017 and beyond.
So let us not cast occurrences in our lives, places of work, communities and nation aside as happenstance. Let us realize that God wants us to hear him. God wants us to understand the messages that he is sending to us.
God is calling us to remember that at Christmas, and throughout the year, #ThePriorityIsChrist.
On behalf of the entire staff and membership body of the Global Christian Professional Women’s Association, Merry Christmas from our families to yours.