Hope is one of my favorite Christmas gifts. Hope can’t be purchased, mass-produced, or re-gifted. Hope is a feeling, unique to each person it touches. To me, hope means that even when circumstances appear unmoving, I am changing and taking on new shape.
Any other time of the year, and I’m a pretty confident woman who loves the life I’m walking out. I wake up excited to inspire those around me to become their best. To make an impact. I get to show people that living healthy – spiritually, mentally, and physically – is fun and life changing. I am blessed to be surrounded by the most inspiring, passionate, intelligent, beautiful, and loving people.
I love that life is spoken and shared and I’m encouraged to find the life that I’m absolutely crazy about. Finding relationships and hobbies in new places that I positively adore is exciting!
But something happens this time of the year, and I’m suddenly very aware that my holiday party reservations are for a party of 1. Even in a crowded room, some occasions can be quite messy, awkward, or lonely. It’s something that I can feel and acknowledge without letting it rule over festivities. Lord knows there is plenty to celebrate!
Taking each thought captive before the day begins is important. Preparation is half the battle. I don’t want to be double-minded by letting discouraging or negative thoughts run rampant. I want to be true to my core. A simple illustration is being the person I want to be in marriage right now. Being the woman who loves first, forgives quickly, laughs often, cooks, cleans, volunteers, attends church each week, works out, and so on begins NOW. Not some distant day in the future.
Hope came down in the form of a baby. In a world that had lost its way, Jesus came to bring hope. Hope of a new world – the Kingdom of God. This baby came to bring us back into a relationship with our Creator, to be the bridge we could never build on our own, and THAT relationship matters most.
I’m reminded to never settle or stop searching. It’s worth it to discover who God has made me to be.