When I was first married, I came across a quote describing "the true Christmas."
At the time, I was a young wife, a new stepmom, and woefully insecure about how to do this grown-up life well. I desperately wanted my first holidays to be beautiful, meaningful, and a magazine cover-worthy looking life.
Looking back now, I see how shallow those ambitions were. The countless hours I spent researching recipes, stylish decor, and trends were my idea of efforting a meaningful holiday into place. No shame for wanting to create a magical Christmas, but this equated to things not thoughts.
When I came across this true Christmas quote, it reminded me to stop. Not just stop what I was doing, but to stop the demands in my heart and my head for what Christmas desperately needed to be for me.
I needed to stop doing Christmas and start being Christmas.
In my self-centered ways, I made Christmas about proving something. Perhaps to myself, that I was good enough as a wife and a new mom. Proving to others that I was indeed talented, creative, and worthy person. But instead of worrying about all those things, the one thing I needed to be focused on was being worthy in Christ. Because there was no amount of decorating, striving, or hustling that needed to be done for Him. I was already there in His eyes. I was already enough and I had every good gift from above in that moment and always.
Maybe in this season, you feel enough. Maybe you aren't like the young wife I was and are confident in all you have been given in life and in faith. If that's you, my encouragement is to be a light to others struggling here. Or maybe you are currently like I was, longing to feel enough while striving to be more.
Regardless of where you fall, my hope is to remind you that are enough in Him. You are worthy. You don't have to do a thing.
May this beautiful quote below remind you all you have in Christ is more than enough this Christmas season.
The True Christmas
If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things;
if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives
with action, when will we have the time to make the long, slow journey across the desert,
as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds?
Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary?
For each of us there is a desert to travel. A star to discover.
And a being within ourselves to bring to life.