If you’re anything like me, the holidays can be a stressful time: crowded malls, stretched budgets, and lots of family. Don’t get me wrong – I love my family. In fact, I bet most of us would name time with family among the top one or two reasons we love the holidays. But something about Christmas brings out the dark side in our closest relationships.
I’ve learned that the best defense against holiday stress is a solid offense: actively reminding ourselves of the truth. We have to remember as often as possible who we are, who these people driving us nuts are, and who Jesus is.
Here is a little stress- and depression-fighting perspective for Christmas:
- If you have children, no matter how batty they might drive you sometimes, they are a gift from God. You are blessed.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalm 127:3-5
- No matter how challenging things here on earth may get for you, you have an eternity of peace and joy awaiting you.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
- Christ offers you peace and joy, but you must choose to accept them. We know it is a choice and not merely a result of our circumstances because in multiple places in Scripture we are commanded to be joyful or to have peace. And the Father would not command us to do something that was not in our power to choose to do.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Have a merry and stress-, anxiety-, and depression-free Christmas!