Thursday, December 23, 2010

This Thing That Has Happened

When I put Madelyn in her high chair,  she points to the chair next to her, wanting me to sit down.   Madelyn makes it clear that she does not see the value of me doing other things in the kitchen while she eats. So. I  sit down and eat with her.  Period.   She is just 23 months old; however, she has taught me the value of stopping and doing what is important rather than focusing on the urgent tasks.

The thing is . . . the  lesson of choosing the important rather than the urgent . . . is vital to learn, especially this time of year.  We tend to get so stressed out with holiday stuff that we don't see the thing that has happened . . . the coming of Christ . . . the thing we need to be concerned with and focused on:
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." (Luke 2: 15, NASB).
The shepherds responded.
They knew what they had to do.
They had to see "this thing that happened."
God made it known to them.
No argument.
No hesitation.
No procrastination.
Nothing else mattered.
They did not wait for convenience.
They would not be diverted or distracted.
They purposefully chose to go straight to Bethlehem.

Experience this thing that has happened.
Christ has come.
God with us.
Refuse to be diverted by the urgent. Go straight to the important.

Learning to KickStart the day experiencing the thing that has happened,

(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)