Do You Make This Mistake When Planning Your Services?
The other day I showed up a little early to a surprise birthday party for a friend of mine. And yes, I know the “cool” people don’t get there till late, but it doesn’t quite work that way with surprise parties. You’ll just end up missing the surprise.
Anyways, when I got there, it was like I walked into onto wall street during a stock market plummet. (I don’t actually know what that’s like, but you know the videos where everyone is running around all frantic like the world is ending.) It was like that.
Talk about a stressful atmosphere. I could feel it from the moment I walked in. Emotions were running high as people ran trying to get every little thing done perfectly and on time. Guests were arriving and the whole thing was quickly becoming a stressful jumbled mess.
As people were preparing food, hanging decorations, and punching each other in the face (ok, not really but they might as well have been), guests were neglected and they had forgotten why we were even there. To party!
This Christmas, as we plan and prepare special events, decorations, songs, and any other holly jolly festive things, don’t let the preparations get in the way of why we do what we do. For me personally, it’s easy to get wrapped up in planning “cool” Christmas things to do and let what’s really important fall on the back burner.
You’ve heard it before; Jesus is the reason, and let’s not forget it. Don’t neglect your guests in all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas services. Jesus is not opposed to doing work on his birthday. Let’s not get to service start time and think, “oh yea, we should pray.” (I’ve been there) Let him be a part of it ALL. Merry Christmas!