The Christmas season is most definitely upon us…
It’s not just the piles of snow that are accumulating outside our door – it’s the music, smells, songs and commercialization of this soon to be holiday season. Everywhere we turn we are encouraged to consume and purchase…
- A wide variety of chocolate – my personal favorites – Toblerone, Toffifee and Ferrero Rocher…
- Starbucks holiday drinks (even Timmy’s if you are in a pinch)
- Swiss Chalet Festive Specials….and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of the food options
- then there is the electronics and gadgets
- clothing and grooming devices
- toys and gaming systems
- household products and stuff we will never use…and the list goes on and on……
So as we enter this Nativity season – where do our thoughts go? Canadian Tire? Presidents Choice? the new expansion at Chinook Mall? It is so easy for us to say “let’s remember the reason for the season”….yet our actions simply don’t add up to that statement.
I am not trying to be a downer – I just want people to consider their values over this season. A season where we as followers of Christ remember and celebrate the greatest gift ever given.
It comes down to choosing one narrative over another: A false narrative versus a life giving narrative. The false narrative says – “it’s all about me…. pursue happiness and the accumulation of things – that’s what will make me satisfied – I can find my purpose and identity in those things.”
The life giving narrative says: “it’s not about me – it’s about dying to myself and meeting the needs of others (physical, emotional, spiritual).” The life giving narrative is about daily choosing to sacrifice our greatest resources (time, money, natural talents/abilities) in order to be a blessing to others.
So what narrative are you choosing to live?
I came across this great video yesterday that does an amazing job of describing this life giving narrative…what do you think? idealistic? unattainable? profound?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!