The holiday season is in full swing, with kids writing letters to Santa asking for piles of toys, houses with lots of lights and decorations, cookies and foods being cooked and gatherings of people at home and in restaurants (and I’m so excited!). And the season is all about these things. It wouldn’t be the same if it was just quiet scripture readings and no decorations, food or gatherings. But it is about things like love, joy, peace and hope too. That’s what the decorations, the lights, the food and the gatherings are all about: coming together to celebrate the emotions of life.
The holiday season is a time for celebration, reconciliation, blessing and community. It’s a time for peace and not for war, to resolve your issues and bless those in your life, and one of the first places many of us need to start is in our relationships. All too often we’re trying to one-up our partner, trying to outdo them as the parent, trying to be the parent the kids love, trying to be right, and trying to be in charge and in control of everything, and everything turns into a shouting match or fight. I’m amazed how challenged it seems we are to see the truth about power in our relationships.
As it turns out though, the holiday season can teach us a lot on this topic. We’ve been deceived to believing that the holidays are about gifts and spending, when they’re really about the people you’re spending for. A relationship isn’t about who is in control, who’s the boss, or who’s the favorite, but about loving each other to the best of our ability. Will you join me this holiday season in spreading love and joy, rather than celebrating spending?
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix