This is for the weary woman that is secretly looking forward to Christmas being over. Not because you don’t love Jesus, but because it’s all become too much, overwhelming, and sometimes more than you can handle.
I want to give you freedom — the freedom that only Jesus can provide you — to have FUN this Christmas.
No list here or 7 tips on how to “do” Christmas better. No condensed therapy session to deal with your dysfunctional family. (Although you might need it!) No recipe or list of activities to add to your mile-long to-do list. I simply want you to have fun the days leading up to December 25th and on Christmas day. Because that fun and enjoyment can be the best kind of worship that attracts the world to Jesus.
We are invited to the biggest, most miraculous birthday party in the world. To already wish it was over before the party even begins, because of expectations or stress, is tragic and not living in the freedom Jesus was born to give us.
Jesus talks to us about freedom but rarely do we think that that freedom is for our enjoyment. We know He has rescued us from our sins and given us freedom from the enemy. We know He has given us freedom from bondage. We know He has given us freedom from eternity set apart from Him. We know He has given us freedom to worship Him.
But do you live in the Jesus freedom to celebrate and enjoy life, create special moments, and have fun?
I’m not saying all the other parts of our faith aren’t important — serving others, standing up for injustices, loving others, and laying our lives down. But I’ve come to realize that having fun with the people I love is an act of worship for me. I walk away refreshed, more the person God made me to be, thankful for His blessings, and full of laughter. I’ve forgotten the world’s problems that aren’t mine to solve. I’ve enjoyed the moments of a life God breathed. I stop rehearsing in my mind my mess ups, hang-ups, and sin. For a few moments, I’m like a child, living in the freedom to completely trust the Lord with my everything and enjoy His blessings in my life.
I could put a verse right here from the wisest man in history from Ecclesiastes about “Eat, drink and enjoy the life God gave you.” Or a verse from Paul about how “We who believe in Jesus have the ultimate freedom.” But my mind keeps racing towards the verses about being a child.
Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17)
Jesus asks us to make ourselves like children again. To be completely dependent on Him for everything. To come and be excited — to be with Him. To be in wonder at how God could be born in the stinky hay or become a human at all. To be excited about counting down the days with our merry activities, while our neighbors watch us in curiosity for the joy we possess.
I have a four-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, who can’t wait to wake up to sing Jesus “Happy Birthday” and eat birthday cake for breakfast on Christmas morning. This is one of our family traditions. She’s excited to see our family and open presents. She’s excited to give them gifts, too. She loves the decorations and the lights and the music. She loves the coziness and the treats and the “activity” as she calls the nativity. (I correct her, but she lets me know that’s what she likes to call it.) She plays with the nativities in our home and moves the figures all over the house. She is IN the manger with all of the players and it’s very real to her. I love listening to her play with them.
She’s enjoying Christmas. She’s worshipful and expectant and delighted and full of wonder and questions and fun.
I realize we aren’t kids anymore and this time of year can suck the fun right out of us. Some of us are dreading getting together with our families, due to bad memories and past hurts. Some of us are overworked and under appreciated. Some of us feel depressed and lonely even more during what’s supposed to be the happiest time of year. And the rest of us are trying to survive and not get our tinsel in a tangle.
It takes courage to trust Jesus enough to have fun. We have to know down deep in our spirit He’s handling the healing, the time, and can restore our joy. Only then are we free to enjoy and allow ourselves to have fun.
It’s sometimes complicated to know how to have fun when we look at our past and our present. But I know this:
In a world that is full of people who are hurting, depressed, maxed out, lonely, and definitely not enjoying life, wouldn’t it be great if we were people who loved Jesus, smiled a lot, and enjoyed Christmas?
Sometimes we as believers are so busy making sure everyone knows what is right, we forget how to dance and enjoy the very reason for the truth.
What if we were people that radiated happiness and fun? I would want to know that person’s secret, wouldn’t you? I would be curious why you are so happy. I would want to know how you can have fun when the world is in such disarray.
I would want to join you in the Reason of your celebration.
So maybe this Christmas season you need to worship Jesus like a child through wonder and fun, knowing that God has given you freedom to enjoy each day and especially the miracle of Christmas day. Experience His freedom to enjoy the life He has given you.
His light will shine brighter through you if you’ll put the merry back in Christmas.