Are your teens “disillusioned”? Help them decide to have a Merry Christmas!
Amidst the frenzy and excitement of preparing for a very merry Christmas with my extended family at home, I had an eighteen year old tell me, “The holidays don’t mean much to me anymore.” I was so taken aback. Such cynicism from one so young. What happened to the joy of just wishing your family a merry Christmas? What happened to looking forward to spending time with friends and family? What could have happened to one so young to make them so jaded that they’ve even lost the excitement about the true meaning of Christmas? Somehow, we allow our life circumstances to dictate what our attitudes and goals should be, rather than choosing to believe in the wonder of Christmas. I learned a few lessons for myself and my family from this young but unhappy teen.
1. Decide to start anew every day.
We have to believe that every day we are given a fresh slate to improve upon ourselves. We have to learn to leave the mistakes of the past behind us and look forward to each new day with wonder and enjoyment. We are alive. We have opportunity to influence our teens and help them approach life with purpose and gusto. Decide to be happy every day. Especially during the Christmas season, there is so much joy in the air. The sound of the carols in the shops just bring a smile to our faces. We must decide to make it a Merry Christmas.
2. Learn from and leave the past behind.
Most of us are so plagued by all the mistakes we made. We just can’t let it go. We brood over it, turn it inside out. We judge ourselves on how we raised our teens. Maybe if we had done things differently, things would have been different. Enough! This Christmas, let’s turn over a new leaf and leave the past behind. As Paul says in Philippians 3: 13 -14, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.…
We can’t drive a car successfully if we are constantly looking in the rear view mirror. We have all made mistakes, we need to learn the art of learning from our past mistakes, and moving forward to attain our highest potential.
3. Go out and make life fun
Take time every day to look at the wonders of the world. The smile of a baby, the wonder of new life. The joy our teens bring us as they excel and sometimes even in the mistakes they make. We can look back and laugh at some of their escapades. Making life fun also involves helping other people, like taking a minute to put a little something in the Salvation Army Red kettle, or just taking the time to smile at the people ringing the bell and wishing us a merry Christmas as we rush into the shops. I enjoy my little patients with their different personalities, there is never a dull moment at work. It is a pleasure to be around little kids with the smart but innocent comments they make. But you must decide to see these moments. They are around us every day but sometimes we are so preoccupied with “life” that we actually miss the wonder of “life” all around us.
Christmas is just a few days away. I am filled with awe at the wonder that a little child born in a manger, came to save us. Christmas is a wonderful time of family togetherness and gift giving and relaxation and through it all, let’s decide to be happy. Yes, the year may have been tough. What lessons did we learn along the way and how can we apply it to our present circumstances and future in a more positive way? Once we get the good from it, we need to leave the chaff behind. As Christmas approaches, decide that you are going to enjoy the day. Look at the wonders of the world and contribute to making it wonderful for our teens and family members. Decide to have a merry and thankful Christmas this year.
Jim Reeves – We Thank Thee Lyrics | MetroLyrics
“Thank Thee for the fields where the clover is grown
Thank Thee for the pastures where cattle may roam
Thank Thee for Thy love so pure and free
Oh Lord, we thank Thee”