The holiday season starts at different times for everyone. For some people, Christmas Carols before Thanksgiving is enough to make their toes curl. For others, October comes and they are already finished with their Christmas shopping and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa in front of their twinkling, pristinely decorated tree. I’m somewhere in the middle. Once November hits, I’m starting to get excited. I’m thinking about Thanksgiving recipes, gift ideas, Black Friday, Christmas lights and all the other typical things that go along with this time of year.
But I’ll admit, it is easy for me to get distracted by all the good things and forget that I already have the best things. So, before all the craziness begins, I want to get my head and heart in the right place so I can truly enjoy all the “best things” in the midst of the “good things.”
These “best things” I’m talking about are not super glamorous or commercial worthy. They are things like quiet snuggles with my 4 year old, while still in my Snoopy pj’s and no makeup. Or when I hear the keys jingling at the front door signaling my husband’s arrival home. Those things aren’t showing up on my Instagram feed, but they are incredibly precious to me.
I love being a wife and momma, but as amazing as those things are – the truest “best thing” is the Hope I have in Jesus. It is in this Hope where I am able to find contentment in the quiet, small places of my life. And yes – to be honest, sometimes I have to fight to focus on my true Hope and not the world’s “best.” Because it is so easy for me to focus on what I don’t have instead of what I do have.
That is why, my goal this season is to soak in all the little ordinary things that probably don’t mean much to anyone else. It will be the things I have to be intentional about seeing. It will be those precious moments with my family and my Savior.
So by all means, let’s enjoy the hoopla, but keep in mind, it’s only a good thing…not the best.