I hardly post anything anymore. When I started out I wanted to write stuff that was amusing, clever, entertaining while at the same time maybe reaching a few souls with the gospel. That’s long gone I’m afraid. Can’t see the humor. I have managed to come up with stuff postworthy for December (leading up to Christmas) the last couple of years. But this year…
I got inspired and wrote the following longhand at work the other day. Let’s see if this means anything.
It’s been a challenging year. Emergency room visits that turn out to be, well, false alarms. Visits to the doctor. Various intrusive examinations and tests. Followup visits. All of the exams and tests came up negative so that’s reassuring. But all the same I have suffered an erosion in the past year, an erosion of peace.
I wonder if that’s what hinders us, not the big things but the little things that constantly wear away at us. The constant drip drip drip of the little distractions that erode our peace and joy.
I know we can’t shut off many things that come at us, that distract us. But there is one thing we can do.
What I’m getting at is a fast. Not of food. After all it’s Christmas. There will be treats. No, I’m suggesting a fast of news. Imagine (if you could turn off the noise) getting to January and looking back and seeing all the things that were going to happen that didn’t, the things that did happen that we weathered just fine, the accusations and finger pointing that didn’t mean anything. That would be cool, wouldn’t it?
I know. I know. Google doesn’t have a ‘no politics’ button. We can’t completely shut off the noise. But we can choose not to focus on it. We can choose instead to focus on Jesus.
After all it is Christmas.