Sunday, December 7, 2008

17 Shopping Days Left ~ I'm Really Not Worried

It is just 18 days until the big day set aside to celebrate Christ’s birth. And, um, I’m kind of not hardly even partially or minutely ready. And you know the strange thing about it all ~ I’m not worried about it. I’m not really sure why it took so many years ~ but this ~ my 50th birth year ~ I have finally arrived at being relatively calm about Christmas. I figure when I enter the final stretch it will all come together so I am really enjoying not getting uptight, not panicking as I hunt for just the right gift, not killing myself in my decorating....

Whether it should or should not have ~ something happened this year when I turned 50. I really stepped back and took a look at what I had to show for 5 decades of life. I saw myself running through the field ~ as a young girl ~ rounding up the pigs on a school morning ~ it seemed they always had an uncanny way of getting out right before the school bus arrived. I remember when I would climb one of the apple trees in the orchard and get to the highest branch possible so I could be alone and think ~ that was hard to do with what seemed like three pesky sisters back then. I saw myself sitting in the church choir at 12 years of age ~ my mother approaching me at the invitation of a good ole revival meeting and asking me the most important question of all time "If you died tonight do you know whether you would go to Heaven?"

And then there were the times I remember marching out onto the football field with my high school band ~ twirling my flag ~ or on one particular evening a huge cardboard bow painted yellow ~ we performed to "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole’ Oak Tree" that night. I know I’ve walked the wedding aisle in my mind many times this year ~ watching my dearly departed father cry like a baby as he linked his arm in mine. I saw myself waddling ~ nearly nine months pregnant ~ across the stage of the Singletary Center at the University of Kentucky to receive my master’s degree in education ~ but actually (and accidentally) I was walking with the doctorate recipients instead. My moma kidded me that I received two degrees that day.

I remember the birth of each daughter ~ and how they have grown up way too fast. I can see the day our eldest walked the wedding aisle herself and kissed her prince for the first time. I could go on and on........ but I think that somehow you get the picture. My life has passed before me so many times this year ~ some memories very sweet and others not so sweet. And all of these moments and so many more have helped to mold me into the person that I am today.

So with all of this pondering and walking down memory lane I’ve come to two conclusions. Life moves so quickly ~ it is so dawgone short ~ and we need to enjoy it ~ which is where I think my not getting uptight about the hustle and bustle of Christmas is coming from. And the other thing that I have concluded (been reminded of) ~ is that time is of essence ~ and only what we do for Christ will last. People so desperately need the Lord. And I think that a lot of them want Him too ~ they just don’t know how to get Him. And that is where we come in.

So, I’m planning on enjoying the next 18 days to the fullest ~ a little shopping here and there ~ making up some homemade fudge ~ sending out a Christmas card or two ~ but that which I want to do the most is tell someone about the greatest gift of all time ~ the LORD JESUS CHRIST. May I be as bold as lion!

8 Thoughts On The Matter:

Marsha said...

Hi Cathryn,
This is my first time here and I will be back. This reflection on your journey blessed me. It also tells where I have been the past several years. My life's journey now is more about legacy matters than the frivilous.
Thank you for sharing your heart.

Michele Williams said...

Such sweet reflections. So true, what really matters in what we do for Christ. Bless you dear. Praying for you.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Hi Cathryn,

Thanks for visiting my blog. Thought I'd visit yours and I'm glad I did! Very good thoughts! Especially where you reminded us that "only what we do for Christ will last"!

So nice to meet you, and....I'll be back! :)


Aliene said...

Hi Cathryn, Yes, life is swiftly passing by. But only this life. thank God for life eternal! Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me in my many travels trying to find the solution to my ailments. I know that the Lord is able to help us in and through our physical problems. I just don't want it to get me down mentally. I see so many that are a lot worse than I am. I hate to even say anything. But thanks because I feel that there are several of you out there that are going through something similiar to me. Not that I'm glad, but I know it helps me to know that you understand.

Marsha said...

Hi Cathryn,

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog this evening about my family.

It's amazing to see how we are connected through the blogosphere! I found you through Susan's Space. Then I come back over to your place this evening by clicking on your name and see you follow my sister's blog! Michele's Morsels - Beelieve.

Have a blessed Wednesday.

Tori said...

Amen, what a wonderful post and so timely for the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.

I enjoyed walking through your past with you, it was very nice!

susansspace said...

I enjoyed your post, Cathryn! Sounds like you have a grip on what's really important!

Sue said...

Hi Cathryn,
I have gotten behind in my blog reading. I really enjoyed reading your memories and reflections. I had the opportunity at work recently to tell someone who asked, how I came to believe in Jesus. He is someone who goes to church, and already knew I am a Christian, but I hadn't had the opportunity to tell my story lately, so I was glad.

I also enjoyed listening to your music as I was looking for a verse for Pam's ABCs of the Word. People do need the Lord, and it hurts that there are so many around who struggle to celebrate the commercial part of Christmas without celebrating the birth of Jesus.