“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the season at this time of year—decorating, shopping, and attending parties.
It starts to feel like a non-stop to-do list.
But it’s society that puts the spotlight on these festivities.
While there is nothing wrong with participating in and enjoying these activities, the true reason for the season is often forgotten or overlooked. It’s important for us to remember that Christmas is about Jesus and the hope His birth brought to earth.
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 13:13 of what is most important, both at the holiday season and in general: love.
Love is kind, even when you feel frazzled.
Love is patient, even when lines are long.
Love helps others, even when it makes you a few minutes late.
Love doesn’t envy, even when the neighbor’s light display is better.
Love will endure, even beyond the holiday season.
So, take a moment to pause. Breathe. Focus on the meaning behind the typical celebrations. Stay focused on the big picture: Jesus.
Lord, I don’t want to just go through the motions of the holiday season and miss the true meaning behind Christmas: love — for each other, as well as Christ’s love for us.