With endless to-do lists, events and commitments, the holiday season can feel anything but happy for many. We regularly over-commit and over-schedule ourselves this time of year. So how can we turn it around and make the holidays happy and enjoyable again?
When faced with a commitment or request this time of year, consider the following:
- Who is it for? This time of year we often get wrapped up in the busyness rather than remembering why we celebrate. With each commitment, ask yourself: “How does this honor or serve God and His people?” Filling our schedules with tasks and busyness may make us feel accomplished, but we have to remember whose business are we are really out to accomplish.
- “Can I get back to you?” It’s easy to agree to things when we are busy or distracted. Before you make a commitment, take a break. Simply say, “Let me get back to you.” Then get away from your email, take a walk or maybe even sleep on it. This will make you feel better about your decision either way.
- How much time will it take, really? It’s easy for a simple dinner with your Bible study group to turn into Pinterest-inspired themed party complete with handmade name tags and place settings. We all want the holiday events to be special, but if it takes more time to jazz them up than the minutes of quality time you get to spend with those God puts in your life, is it worth it?
- By saying yes are you really saying no? When we say yes to something, we end up saying no to something else. So ask yourself, when you say yes to that committee or last minute potluck, what do you have to say no to? Is family time, a self-care routine or rest cut short? If saying yes changes the level you invest into any parts of your life that keep you healthy and well, maybe it’s time to rethink the commitment.
By asking ourselves these simple questions, we can avoid the holiday chaos while keeping with our commitment to being well so we can serve well. Now that’s a holiday season guaranteed to be full of happiness.