Early in our family years, I thought it would be great to teach my kids about the importance of the nativity. My daughter would set the entire thing up backwards. It frustrated me to no end. I'd fix it and she'd turn it back around when I left the room. One day she said, "mommy, you keep setting the pieces up backwards. They're supposed to be looking at Jesus."
Ever feel like you've run so fast over the Christmas season that you forget where your focus should be? You're so concerned with things being done right that you forget where your true focus should be? Here are some ways to help you regain focus.
Change your ideal.
Many times I get myself into trouble because I've created an "ideal" in my mind that could never happen. Recreating what "ideal" looks like in our minds could help us create a more realistic approach to the Christmas season.
Check your motives.
Many times, as leaders, we're trying to prove ourselves. If we don't look like we have our acts together, we look like we don't have a clue about leadership. Who are we trying to please?
Why can't we say no? A lot of the times it's because we love what we do. It's because we are so driven and excited that more usually feels better...until we're in too deep to dig our way out (or too tired!). We must learn to not over-commit ourselves during the Christmas season.
Christmas time should be enjoyed by church leadership as well. Sometimes we have shifted our focus though and it limits our ability to experience joy during the holiday season. Slow down. Be intentional about what you choose to take on. Change your ideal. Check your motives.
For the record, my oldest daughters (now 11 & 10) still set the nativity sets up "backwards." I think they've had it right all along.
How about you? What do you do to guard from losing your focus during Christmastime?