Advent 2017: Indulge
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While driving in the car this week, I heard a song by Dave Matthews, “Too Much.” Some of the lyrics are:
Ooh traffic jam got more cars Than a beach got sand Suck it up, suck it up, suck it up, Fill it up until no more I'm no crazy creep, I've got it coming To me because I'm not satisfied The hunger keeps on growing I eat too much I drink too much I want too much Too much
Yep, that’s the holiday season! We can be like our forefather Adam and play the blame game: Companies continually pressuring us to buy more are pulling us in the wrong direction. Slick ad campaigns are using incredible music from the ‘80s and glowing children’s smiles to entice us to make dreams come true with gifts of drones or stuffed tigers. Fingers can be pointed at our friends on social media who are posting pictures of perfectly-dressed children posing with their purebred puppies, or elaborate hot chocolate bars with zany whipped creams.
Instead, maybe we should accept the challenge to take charge and indulge in what we know to be life- giving. There are some very practical ways to do this—planning exercise, rest, healthy meals, time in
scripture and prayer, and good water intake; even blocking out time for Holy Spirit-directed spontaneity.
Author Ann Voskamp writes in her book Be the Gift, “You can be glued to a screen or glued to your schedule or glued to your stuff—and maybe that’s just a bit of lost living ... maybe even in a bit of brokenness, grace moves you to get up and give to people you love and people you’re learning to love ... that’s large living.”
Indulge in a call to someone you haven’t talked with in a while. Feel the warmth spread over you as they marvel in thankfulness that you thought of them. Invite someone to join you after worship for lunch, and feel your heart growing as you hear parts of their story and share yours with them. Take advantage of a sunny day and go for a hike at Mt. Kessler. Drop by the office of someone who cuts your hair, does your taxes, teaches your children or helps people in the community, and hand-deliver a box of fresh-baked cookies or fresh-cut pine boughs in a vase. Indulge in some purposeful unplugging, sitting by a window and watching migrating birds or busy squirrels.
You might find a refreshing and gratifying peace in the midst of a season that can often be chaotic and disappointing.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. — John 14:27
Teresa Cornett's favorite question from others is "what do you think about ... ?!” so she loves to write when she gets a chance to mouth off.