The past two weeks have been stressful. Now that I’m commuting to an office 3-4 days a week I am reminded of how much I appreciate being able to work from home. Although, I am thankful for the shortest commute of my adult life with just 20-25 minutes door to door.
On Monday afternoon I was listening to the radio and heard “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And while this might sound a little weird, I believe that the birth of Jesus was a stressful time for his earthly parents, Joseph and Mary. I cannot imagine traveling with a pregnant wife on unpaved roads with no place to give birth. When our first son was born, I was more concerned as to whether or not we would have a private room.
And then you have some lonely shepherds who are having a quiet night working the graveyard shift outside of Bethlehem. They get freaked out by some unsuspecting guests and this leads to Joseph and Mary receiving some unexpected guests.
As I’m typing this, I’m smiling because I realize that my stress is really just day-to-day stuff. And my thought this morning is that the only way to really get into the “Christmas spirit” is to choose to do so. So, I’m going to keep blasting Christmas music in my car, watching cheesy movies with the family, attending Christmas gatherings and more.