Thursday, December 17, 2009

Philosophy of Parenting at Christmas

It's been a while since I've waxed eloquent on parenting. Now's a great time to do it because this may be the last quiet hour before the holiday madness begins. (Insert deep, soothing breath.)
Let me just begin by confessing that I have COMPLETELY failed this season to put Jesus first.
I know this because:
1. I have yelled at my kids at least once every day.
2. I have made 15 batches of yummy cookies (what mom of 3 can do this and keep her sanity?)
3. I have wrapped, decorated, entertained, blogged, cleaned, and done laundry on a regular basis.
4. MOST of my holiday chores are already done.
Do I believe that numbers 2-4 can be done without number 1? Yes, but. (It is incredibly rare.)
I want to prioritize rightly this Christmas.
As moms, our first and foremost job is to put Jesus first. We are told that all other things will follow this. ALL other things--all important other things. Lord, help me learn!
"Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:31-34
We could think of it this way:
"At Christmastime do not worry, saying, 'What will I give for gifts?' or 'How will I make this the best Christmas ever for my kids?' or 'What if my house is not perfectly clean and decorated?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows what you need for Christmas. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things..."
So (if I may preach to myself a bit) Momma of precious little ones, seek Jesus and His kingdom first, and let Him prioritize your holidays!

1 comment:

  1. Now, I don't have kiddos... but I still TOTALLY needed to hear that anyway.

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