A dear friend of mine (eh hem…MAK) recently wrote a little note on Facebook about how we often times minor in the major things, major in the minor things in life.
That struck me and even though I’ve heard that quote in the past, I couldn’t help but sit back and wonder how often I do the same?
With Christmas just around the corner, it is so easy to think about all the little things that need to be done – the goodies made, the meals prepped for, the Christmas gifts to be purchased and wrapped, and the list goes on. But in reality, are those the things that really matter? Are those the “major” things of Christmas? Or are they the minor details that make Christmas special? That’s majoring in the minors. Losing sight of what really matters and losing our focus.
Think about what Christmas is really about. Celebrating our Savior’s birth. Realizing that Christ gave up His Heavenly home, His perfect home, His Father, so that we could be given life. Eternal life. So that we could be given an example of what it looks like to be Christ-like. His mom, Mary, carrying this baby that she has no clue how it got in there, except for the fact that an Angel said she would bear a child, can you imagine? Uh…what? I can’t imagine the shame and loneliness she felt. Do I really take the time to sit back and think about those moments? What it was really like to be Mary? What it was like to be Jesus? What it was like to be the wisemen? What it takes to be a Christian? Someone who truly follows Christ and truly celebrates Him? When I don’t take the time to think about such things, THAT is minoring in the majors.
I made Christmas cookies with Mazy this week. I have read a Clifford Christmas book to her. We decorated for Christmas long ago. We have toured our town looking for Christmas lights. I have definitely tried to soak in the whole of what our culture offers with Christmas. But is our focus on the things we do instead of the One we should celebrate? Our Savior? Have we lost focus of what really matters and have gotten tied up in what our culture says we should be celebrating?
Keep the major things the major things. Keep the minor things the minor things. That is how you will find balance this Christmas season. Don’t lose sight of it!