I cannot believe that Christmas is only twelve days away. (Yikes! Really)

Where has the time gone?

We are supposed to prepare for Christ-Mass. For the celebration of the birth of Christ. (Granted, December 25th is not likely when He was born, but is when we celebrate His birth and life.)

I must confess. I am not ready. I am not prepared. Therefore, I'm going to spend the next couple weeks to do so. To ready myself. To prepare.

I am not talking about Christmas cards, presents, or parties. Rather, I am talking about being focused solely on Him and making Him the priority in my life, even more so. 

I'm talking about turning to Him as I do things and as I am with people. It's being fully present with Him as I do life.

Being prepared means walking closer with Him and acknowledging what He has done and is doing. 

Jesus is the reason for the season.

That's not just a flowery, Sunday school answer, or cute bumper sticker saying. Rather it's the truth.

Christmas is to be about Him, not about all the other things we have made Christmas about.

When we keep Christmas centered on Him, the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, and then following through Easter, life is a whole lot better and simpler. It's full of far more meaning and purpose. 

We live, after all, for Him. Not for us. 

Christmas is a good time to remember this and renew our living this truth.

Am I prepared for celebrating the birth of Christ and focusing everything solely on Him and the Word of God? No. But I am getting there by the moment. Christmas is a good time to do so, I think.

(Journaling Prompt: Journal your thoughts.)