But still, this is one of those years where Thanksgiving and Christmas are really quite close together and my teacher son is counting the number of days to semester break. I attended an event this afternoon that was rather lightly attended because of conflicting commitments, funerals, illness and I'll bet some people got it on their calendar for the wrong date...or am I the only one that does that?
There is certainly a lot of activity and it can build to a sense of urgency about "getting it all done," but we have choices. If there is no fire and no blood, there is time to pause and make thoughtful choices. If it does not get done, will something awful happen? Can you put something off until after Christmas or the first of the year? Can you do a pared down version like taking a store-bought treat rather than the most amazing dish you have ever made?
So I suggest this...if it is really important slow down a bit and let God light your path. If it is truly not important, don't bother with it. Be intentional about being a light to the world and equally intentional about letting go of the trivial. Go for joy over fun. Go for kindness over glitter. Go for thoughtful over impressive.
Then you will notice when this happens: Those who hope in the LORD will ...run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31.