A small but exquisite word. One that changes lives.
As I walked into the store I couldn’t miss it. Four shiny letters that, on that particular day, stopped me mid-step.
I couldn’t avoid it nor deny it. I’d let the Holiday overwhelm diminish my hope.
Hope is what pushes us one step to the other. It moves us into tomorrow despite the uncertainties of today.
Obviously the sales and marketing industry understood the power behind those four letters. After all, they had it splashed across much of the holiday décor.
I understood it, too. Yet in that moment, as I stared at those four bright letters, I knew my soul wasn’t feeling the hope of the quickly approaching holiday season.
That day, the feeling of overwhelm far surpassed all other feelings. It was overwhelm that perched front and center.
The overwhelm that comes from long to-do lists and too little time in which to do them.
Where had I gone wrong? When had I let overwhelm replace my hope?
When did I forget the miracle that took place that dark and lonely night?[bctt tweet=”When did I forget the miracle of that long ago Christmas night? #holidayoverwhelm #hectic #Christmas #hope @iBelieve” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Something tells me she had set all expectations aside long ago. How it was “supposed to happen” no longer mattered. Her purpose was paramount. It was to safely bring Hope into their dark and hurting world.
More than 2000 years ago, humble and in a manger, our Savior was born. Hope was born.And even though the times are different and the world changed, one thing remains.
Christ was born that night to give hope where there is darkness. Hope where there is uncertainty. Hope to the hurting and to the lost.
Just as it was Mary’s purpose so long ago, it is still our purpose today.
In that moment, as I stood staring at hope, I knew I wanted it different. I didn’t want to snap at my family because overwhelm filled my soul. And I didn’t want to attend the next party with heavy feet and exhaustion written across my face.
Friends, if you find yourself nodding your head in agreement as you read my words. If the holiday overwhelm is beginning to suck up all your joy and hope, then follow me over to iBelieve where I am honored to share the rest of this post, including 5 ways I have found make the holidays less hectic and more meaningful.[bctt tweet=”I don’t want to grumble with overwhelm…5 Ways to Make the Holidays less Hectic and More Meaningful @ibelieve” username=”lori_schumaker”]