December. That word immediately brings up memories, feelings and expectations!
What comes up for you?
I was tempted to think about what I ideally wanted to do in December and what my circumstances were telling me were possible. I wanted to think about all the “things” I was responsible for this month for both my family and my business. I wanted to dwell on how I hate not seeing the sun for months and how I already feel tired.
Oh and the expectations! The Hallmark channel sets the bar high for holiday expectations along with our social media feeds. Our family might have expectations of us. We might have our own expectations of what we should do/make happen for others during the holidays. Expectations are like opinions. Everyone has them.
But while those thoughts popped up, I chose not to stay there. Instead these two questions came to mind:
“What could December look like for me? What could be possible this month?”
And as I started to dwell on these questions I started thinking about the both/and -ness of Jesus.
The Both/And Brain Hack
Jesus is both a servant (Acts 4:29-30) a king (Rev. 17:14)
He is both the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6) and the judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
He is both an indescribable gift (2 Cor. 9:15) and the stone the builders rejected (Ps. 118:22)
He is both the lamb of God (John 1:29) and the lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
He is both the beginning and the end (Rev.1:8)
This month allows me to reflect on the both/and of Jesus and the both/and opportunities in my life.
How can I both rest and take action?
How can I create good family memories and show up well for my clients?
How can I reflect on all that God’s done in the past year and embrace the vision He has for me in the new.?
How can I love others well and have healthy boundaries?
How can I have control of my thoughts and reactions and also abandon myself in worship?
What if December can be both a joyful celebration and also at times usher in waves of grief?
What if this month can be both easy and hard?
What if this month can be both a time to slow down in order to spend more time with family and time to grow my business?