Here at The Chase Is Real we know deeply that every moment of every day, God is not only available, but actively loving us. We know this because we have experienced this reality. One of the places this happened for me was in the practice of Advent. I LOVE Christmas - the joy, the laughter, the beautiful decorations, the tasty treats, the candlelight services, the music. But as I got older, I kept feeling like there was something missing. Then I ended up at an Advent workshop that my church was having and it CHANGED my experience of this time of year forever.
You may have noticed that we have spruced up our site for our next series - Advent. For the next four weeks, we are going to share some of the ways we've shifted our perspective on this season, and how we 've opened ourselves up to experiencing God in the midst of it. As usual, we'll share lessons, tools, and personal stories. The first and most important lesson is to pay attention. What does that mean, you ask? Take a look at this week's verse. Look up! Focus on Christ because that's where the action is! How often do you find yourself inundated with checking off to-do lists, making sure cookies are baked, presents are purchased, cards are mailed out on time, parties are calendered, filling your days with so much busyness? Have you ever completely missed the reason for the season?
Consider placing this verse somewhere you frequent each day (the car, the bathroom mirror, your kitchen, your desk, etc.) to remind yourself to shift your focus to where the action really is. Or you can listen to our song this week and think of the wise men who devoted their lives to looking for the Messiah. Imagine positioning yourself as they did, searching as intently for Christ as they did, even for just one day!
You can really engage in this week's lesson by doing our challenge. Use your smart phone to set a reminder every hour to stop, breathe, focus, and say to God, "I am willing to know and hear and see and feel YOU." If you want to make it even simpler, choose a common decoration as a prompt to remind you to do this. For example, every time you pass by your wreath or see twinkly lights around town, take a moment to talk to God. Then pay attention to what you notice throughout the following hour. At the end of the day, take a minute to consider how this practice affected your day, thanking God for all the moments you experienced Him.
This season and every season of our lives can be better than we ever dreamed. Often, that starts with a simple shift of focus. One way to consider starting this perspective shift is to join us each week of Advent (starting on Monday) with the thought for the week, the tools, and then do the practices. Start each day with the meditation, listen to our Advent playlist and song of the week, try the challenges, and share with us what you do to look up to where the action is. 😉
Lisa is a deep-thinker, a philosopher in cute jeans and flip flops, a Nutty Professor - mom style. She recognized God's presence at an early age and has lived life mostly open to Him. She hears His voice in books, movies, and music - no matter the genre! She is serious about the work of living Loved, loving God, and loving people.