November is practically gone, and I’m still trying to figure out what happened to May. We’re traveling over Thanksgiving and Christmas. My December calendar is filling quickly with wrestling matches, band and choir concerts and church events as I’m sure yours is. Well, maybe not wrestling matches. Living under the tyranny of the urgent never gets any easier.
What to cook. When to shop. What to buy. How much to spend. Where’s the list? I had a coupon. I ran out of milk. Do we have Tylenol? When to visit. Who to see. How to avoid the traffic. The interstate is down to one lane. I thought we had wrapping paper left from last year.
The next thing.
I tend to spend the holidays so focused on the “next thing” I’m not present in the moment. I rush. I fulfill obligations. I check off lists. I get things done. But I head into January exhausted rather than refreshed.
One thing is necessary.
Necessary means absolutely needed, essential, or required. If you don’t do anything else this Thanksgiving, this Christmas, be in the presence of Jesus. Get up early. Stay up late. Cancel something. Turn off the television. Hide your phone. Get away. But do it.
That’s what I’m doing this weekend. I’m taking a few days for that one necessary thing–being in the presence of Jesus, listening to what He has to teach me. I’ll catch you again in a week or so.
(I’ll post again November 28. Thanksgiving blessings on you and yours. It is a deep privilege to write for you. You mean more to me than you know!)