What are the traps in this season? I’m going to suggest some possibilities, so that we can have as good a season as we can.
First, vow to put God ahead of everything at this time of the year. There is the temptation to think about yourself and things. Grow spiritually. Don’t stagnate.
Second, don’t be too lazy. Get some rest, sure, but get something profitable done so that it doesn’t seem like a waste. Perhaps you could think of a couple of reasonable projects. This is part of your life too, and God isn’t the One who turned December into what it is. December still counts.
Third, be careful about expectations. December is one of the most depressing times of the year for many, especially right afterwards. Unmet expectations is the cause of discontent, discouragement, bitterness, and some other form of anger. If you put the expectations on yourself and not on others, you’ll be fine.
Fourth, minister to others. Help someone else out. Say an encouraging Word. Preach the gospel to someone. Help build someone up. Give someone else a break. Don’t expect anything in return. Do it out of love, whatever it is.
Christmas time will be great for you on purpose. “So teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:12).