Year's End Whirlwind
Is it just me, or do the last two months of the year go by in a *blink of the eye* for you as well?
I don't think it was always that way for me. I seem to have a vague recollection of November being one of the longest months of the year when I was a child in school. I believe I know why it seemed that way to me. You see, November often seemed more like winter than autumn, and Christmas seemed father away in November than it did in October.
January, February, and March have always been the worst for me. The old saying, "as slow as molasses in January" has always been a perfect description of how slowly the first three months of the year always seem to pass. Even in my twilight years, I still see the first quarter of the year as being interminable. So why do I now have a different perception of November and December? It really is no great mystery. I have simply matured and no longer hold to the same values today, that I had as a child. As the Apostle Paul said...
"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
No longer seeing this time of year through the eyes of a child may seem like a great loss to some -- and I can understand and appreciate such a sentiment. Even so, there is great gain to be had in letting go of a child-like perspective -- at least, in this instance. While it is true that Jesus said, "...unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3), He was speaking about returning to child-like innocence.
That is what is meant in the New Testament when it talks about perfection. Biblical perfection is about becoming mature in our faith, part of which is by having and holding to the innocence of childhood. Remember what that was like? Everyone you met could be your friend - regardless of how they looked or where they came from. The only things you hated as a child were the vegetables on your plate and having to go to bed earlier than everyone else in the house. That is what Jesus is inviting us to be like. Loving, pure, unspoiled, obedient respecters of authority -- most especially God's authority. Not overly concerned with the things of this world, but more concerned about loving and being loved by everyone you meet and come to know. That is perfection in Christ. That is living in God's will, purpose, and design for us. That is getting back to the garden, where we walk and talk and live intimately with God on a daily basis.
That is why we look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and why they seem to pass much to quickly each and every year. We look forward to this time of year with a longing to return to that childlike perspective of the holidays, because the love of God fills our hearts and it is an overflowing love that we desire to share with others -- regardless of how they look or where they come from. That is the longing in our hearts put there by God. When we embrace God's desire for us, time loses all perspective, because the Eternal lives within us. WE ARE the children of the great I AM!
God is timeless and God is love. God is eternal and so is love.
No one wants to hate or be hated. We were created in love to love. Only when we turn God's love into self-love, do we disdain the way of God and our life becomes an endless barrage of things we have to get through, deal with, and battle - day in and day out. When we reject God's love for us, we lose our identity, our purpose, and our desire to live. We hate everything and everyone - including our own existence. We dread each new empty, meaningless day, and we wish it would all just go away. We have no answers, no solutions, no joy, no peace. Just day upon day of misery and self-loathing. We blame God for our troubles, when in all truth, it is our rejection of him and his love for us that is at the root of all our discontent.
If we truly have become ONE WITH GOD, through our faith in Christ, then we need to share the peace and love we have from God, with those who have yet to 'let go and let God' into their hearts and lives. Doing so with the love, compassion, and understanding that comes from God and our experience of life prior to opening the eyes of our heart to the truth of ourselves and God's love, truth, and grace for us.
Perhaps if we are more focused on the spiritual well-being of others than we are on the calendar, we will realize just how short our time on earth really is, and our love for others will supersede our love of all else this world has to offer. Maybe then, instead of celebrating holidays, we will celebrate Holy Days -- each and every day of the year. 😇