Now that time is passing quite quickly with regards to everyone’s Christmas shopping, I’d like to ask a question. Where is your focus this time of year?

Probably everyone has made lists trying to decide on decorating ideas, shopping for items that need to be replaced, and then actually getting the decorating done.

Then there are the decisions on what to fix for the family gathering and purchasing the items needed for food preparation.

Many people send fewer Christmas cards these days, so thoughts of who to include and purchasing special stamps to make them more festive is another "to do" item.

Are we making plans for a trip to spend time with loved ones? If so, all of those details need our attention and planning can be a huge undertaking.

Of course last but certainly not least, we can’t forget the gift list. Who do we include? How much do we spend on each? Do gifts need to be mailed and how soon? What about those extra party gifts: either gag or personal? I’m usually drawn to more meaningful and thoughtful items, but surprises are especially fun as well. Regardless of all of this, our minds are churning in many, many different directions and we might have the tendency to forget where our focus should lie.

This life is temporary and we need to keep ourselves focused and in line with God’s future and eternal purpose for being alive. He has created us for fellowship with Himself as well as others. He gives us opportunities to reach into the lives of others through our different ministries. He blesses us with everything we need, if we are willing to trust and obey Him. He promises to never leave or forsake us and on that we can rely.

Instead of becoming frustrated or irritated over earthly desires during this Christmas season, let’s make certain our focus this year is on Godly principles and Heavenly goals. We have much for which to be grateful, so let’s share His love with everyone we meet. Take the focus off of material and temporal, and place it on eternal instead.

Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at zwiebach@charter.net

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