Feeling Crazy Trying to Make Everyone Happy this Holiday? – One Way Let Go of the Stress.

Christmas stress - busy santa womanAs Christians, most of us believe we should be nice and try to make everyone happy.  While that can make us great hosts and hostesses those beliefs can create a huge amount of stress for us especially during the holidays.

Whether it is trying to get the perfect turkey or finding that just right gift, all the hurry and worry to make others joyful and happy can be draining and overwhelming for us.

As we contemplate the deeper meanings of Thanksgiving and soon Christmas, accepting Christ’s example as ours can help us find peace beyond the worry and hurry.

As Christ describes the new earth it is clear that part of His goal is that EVERYONE be happy and healthy.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV

However, that isn’t happening now and it hasn’t for nearly all of recorded history.  So here is a way to think about that belief that we should make everyone happy – God Himself has been working toward that goal for about 6000 years and still has not achieved it yet!  Why should you and I feel bad if we don’t achieve it in the middle of a hectic holiday season?

Believing and feeling we must make everyone (or even one specific person) happy is really like saying we must fly to Mars and if we can’t we are terrible failures.  If God hasn’t done it in 6000 years, what makes us think we can do it in 3 weeks?

Our job is simply to ask God for His guidance and spirit as we do our best to show those we care about God’s love…that’s it.  Relax. The results are up to God.

What do you think would improve most if you let go of the belief that it’s your job to make others happy?

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