The best part about Advent is that you take time every day for a whole month to focus on the birth of Jesus. The hardest part about Advent is that you take time every single day for a whole month!
If you’re doing Truth in the Tinsel for your Advent celebration (and I hope you are!) that means you’re sitting down with your kids, reading a passage of Scripture and making an ornament craft with them EVERY DAY. Maybe you’re just reading a devotional (I’m doing Liz Curtis Higgs’ Women of Christmas) by yourself. Or maybe you’re reading a storybook like Jotham’s Journey with your kids (we started this one and I love it so far!). Or maybe you’re unwrapping a picture book everyday and reading them in front of the tree. Maybe you’ve got a paper chain or a light-em-up idea or even a little chocolate calendar.
And maybe, like me, you’ve breathed a heavy sigh and said, “We didn’t do our Advent stuff today!” or you had a busy day and your kids said, “We can’t go to bed now! We have to do our Advent calendar!” and you know that the best thing you can actually do is put your over-tired kids to bed. Or maybe you just don’t want to get off Facebook or get up early to read your advent Bible readings.
There are simply days that just because it is December and Advent doesn’t mean you actually feel like celebrating or always have the time and space to make time and space!
Galatians 6:9 is one of my favorite passages about parenting. Well, it’s not really about parenting but for me, it definitely is. Paul writes, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” My parenting version, “Don’t get weary of parenting. It seems a long way off, but when your kids are older you’ll see the result of your stick-with-it-ness.”
For me, Advent is a part of parenting. I want my kids to know and honor Jesus with everything they do. I know Christmas is one of the most magical times for them so I am adamant about making it meaningful, careful to make it count and purposeful to make it pay off.
So, on the hard days when Advent doesn’t seem magical, I remind myself not to become tired of doing good. And if the kids wanna do their Active Advent 40 more times? I’m gonna let them. If we have to stay up 30 minutes later or I have to pull down another box of beads for a craft, I’m going to try to do it because I know it will bring a good reward.
As we get into our second week of Advent, I’ve got two pieces of advice for you. They might seem diametrically opposed but really, they are quite the same because they lead to one true thing:
1. Don’t get stressed about what you haven’t done. Don’t try to do All The Things. It really is OK if you miss an ornament, forget to open the door on your calendar or simply don’t even think about them one day.
2. Don’t get tired of doing good. Yep. It’s worth saying again. It’s not about not getting tired. You’re gonna get tired. But don’t get tired of the GOOD.
Look at your Advent observance as the best and most important thing you do all day. Your Advent celebration should be a buoy and a highlight of your day–of your year. Let your kids—and your own heart—see Jesus every day. That’s the one true thing. When you do, you will certainly receive the reward God has promised.
Are you celebrating Advent this month? How’s it going?
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