Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. Matthew 6:31-32
This holiday season is hard for me, but not for the reasons you may think. It’s because I am—in so many ways—a material girl. I worry about what I wear, what car I drive, even what I serve my family for supper.
Everywhere I look during this time of year I’m inundated by the world’s confirmation that things matter. Sometimes the message is subtle, cloaked to look like I’m spending money so I can spend time. But no matter how it’s presented, the world wants me to spend money instead of time.
Today I’m drawing a line in the sand. I’m not giving up without a fight. This season I’m concentrating on doing these three things:
- I find ways to spend more time in God’s Word.
- Opportunities to spend more time with friends.
- New ways to give my family the breathing space of time together.
All of these are a fight—and the world has some mighty powerful weapons.
Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t ever buy things—far from it. The Bible assures us that God wants to bless us, in many ways. But if I let God be one hundred percent in charge of what I spent my money on can you imagine the things (spiritual and physical) that would follow?
- I wouldn’t have to worry about what I ate or drank, because God would be in charge.
- I wouldn’t have to worry about what I wore or how I looked because that too, would be covered by God.
- I wouldn’t even have to worry about what to do next, because His priorities would guarantee that I would have time for everything important.
So how about you? Here’s your invitation to join me and take back the joy of the holiday.