This is an excerpt from "This Will Be a Sign to You" , December 15.
"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:19, NIV
I know. I know. I know. It seems impossible during the holidays. But, resist the rush. If I can do it, you can do it.
As a recovering people pleaser, busy body, and control freak, “letting go and letting God” has been the absolute hardest thing for me. My tendency is to bust down doors instead of waiting for God to open them. It makes more sense to rush instead of rest.
Really, this is a sin- gluttony. This is desiring it all more than longing for God. This is wanting Christmas to be on our terms rather than the way Jesus designed it.
So, what is the true intent behind this season?
Christmas isn’t closed fists, it’s God’s hands. It’s not ”more,” it’s “enough.” It isn’t drinking from a fire hydrant, it’s savoring from a full cup.
Let’s learn to open up clenched fists, finger by finger, and allow God to catch everything as it falls. Funny how when we put everything into His hands, it frees us of all that weight we’ve been carrying around. We’re all of the sudden open to receive better, lighter, lovelier things.
What false expectations for Christmas are you holding onto that you need to let go of today?
Advent idea: Set some real Christmas expectations. Look at your calendar. Where can you create margin to slow down and savor this season?
Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, public speaker, and musician. She serves as the Director of Communications and Donor Relations for the student sports-centric nonprofit she and her husband, Gage, run called Twelve. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to two little girls, Lina and Lili. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.