Un-gifting Perfectionism

I’m prepping and planning for the most joyful day of the year, today, Christmas. The goal in my mind is the perfect event: the kids will be adorable, the food delicious, my look flawless.

But it won’t be. Never totally is, at least in my mind.

I made this confession to my Bible study buddy a few weeks ago as I stressed about which gift to buy for each person on my list. Our verse for the day was beautiful, I’m sure you’ve heard it or at lease seen parts of it on wrapping paper, in displays this holiday, or heard a Christmas carol on the radio.

“For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

I’ve always skipped around this text focusing on the beautiful names of Jesus at the end. But my study buddy focused on the middle. The boring part in my mind. But when we actually broke it down it became wonderful.

“…the government shall be upon His shoulder…” this is the weight of the world. On God’s shoulder NOT mine.

I don’t need to be perfect because Jesus is. How wonderfully peaceful to remember and dwell on this season. If you are struggling to find peace and joy this season remember that as crazy as the kids may get, as burnt as the rolls may be, or as fizzed your hair becomes this season, God has the whole world in His capable hands. 

Merry Christmas, H & S


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