Life gets busier and busier the closer we get to Christmas, and if we’re not careful, we’ll spend so much time getting things done that we won’t be able to focus on what’s really important. Yesterday, for example, I spent the morning distributing gifts with our Church and Community Giving Tree program. By the time I got home, the non-stop cheerfulness and smiling had taken its toll. What’s more, instead of feeling good about helping people, I had started to question the program itself: were we helping or enabling? Fulfilling a need or creating dependents? — Probably some of both. Feeling tired and deflated, I went home and took a nap. The nap restored some of my energy, but I still needed a spiritual boost. What better antidote than the Bible? I had taken up my DP’s challenge to read a chapter of Luke a day until Christmas, so back to Luke I went and was duly rewarded. I highly recommend reading the New Testament (Isaiah, too!), but don’t forget the nap — naps help us retain what we read (studies have shown!) and we awake feeling calm and renewed.
Have a great weekend and don’t stress!