"Advent" means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. If you celebrate Christmas at a deeper level than just exchanging gifts you may also know that the advent season runs from December 3rd until Christmas Eve and signifies the time leading up to the birth of Christ, a notable person indeed.
I wonder what the Advent season might look like if we took the opportunity to introduce some new things into our lives? What if the advent season served as the advent of something greater than Christmas parties, gift exchanges, time off school and a break from the routine of work, eat and sleep.
What if this Christmas season signified the arrival of something truly notable in our lives. Maybe it's a renewed relationship with Jesus, a spouse or one of your kids. Maybe it's a renewed commitment to dig into God's Word or a greater focus on prayer in your life.
Allow me to encourage you to do something with this advent season. Be different by December 24th. Drive a stake in the ground as you read this and make a commitment to not allow your life or your relationships to drift any further from God's design for them. What will you do? How will you be different? What will change in your life?
Joshua 1:9 says,"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Remember: God is with you. As you make a commitment to change, God goes before you. As you make a commitment to dig into God's Word, He encourages you. As you make a commitment to renew a relationship, He guides you.
Allow this Advent season to be the advent of something amazing in your life. Be encouraged and keep moving forward. #advent²