• Heidi J. Smith

Frazzled or Dazzled

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Early one morning, I bundled up and braved the cold. The fresh air took my breath away, but the stillness cleared my head and gave me time to think. Only a few days until Christmas, what else do I need to do? I need to buy groceries, wrap presents, make some treats...

A dog barked. My tennis shoes crunched on the frosty road as I past the bare trees and dark houses. The wind nipped at my nose as I pulled my scarf over my face.

As I turned the corner, I stopped and stared. A bright light shone on a manger scene. One shining light scattered the darkness and showcased the true meaning of the season.

Nativity scene in my neighborhood

It reminded me of the night when the shepherds saw the angel.

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12 NIV

The angel of Lord dazzled the shepherds with good news, and the shepherds dashed to find baby Jesus. After seeing Jesus, they praised God and proclaimed the good news to everyone.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday, are we DAZZLED by Jesus or FRAZZLED by our to-do lists?

The holidays bring extra responsibilities that can DISTRACT us from the real ATTRACTION.

We need to prioritize and focus on the true meaning of the season.

Is this task preference or necessity?

Could someone help me with these things?

Is my life shining or whining for Jesus? (When I get stressed, I start to complain.)

Am I taking time to admire Jesus every day?

The shepherds left their sheep and shared about Jesus.

Our lives should contrast in this dark world and draw people to Him.

May we shine as lights in this dark world as we are dazzled by the Son.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NIV

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