‘Tis the season!
It’s the time when, as culturally sappy as our Christmastime might be, many hearts around us are singing similar tunes. It’s a great opportunity for us, as missional practitioners.
Do you have a manger scene on the mantel or light candles on an Advent wreath? Consider the ornaments on on your tree, the music is playing in your home, and the message your Christmas cards shared. All these simple parts of the Christmas season that we take for granted turn our hearts toward Christ. Brennan Manning says “each sprig of holly is a hint of his holiness. Every cluster of mistletoe is a sign he is here.” At Christmastime you are more effective at missional living because you are more focused on who the mission is about.
So this year as you’re stuck at the buffet table behind Phil from Accounting consider why God might continually have your paths intersect. Say a special prayer over that white elephant gift that God may give you the opportunity to connect with whoever receives it. If you’re about to go crazy because you’ve heard the same Veggie Tales movies twenty times in a row, remember that in this season your kids are your mission field. And if your barista happens to the be the same each time you visit the local coffee shop perhaps God is asking you to buy her a cup of coffee? Being missional during this holiday season simply requires you to be intentional and keep your eyes and ears open. You may be having that Gospel conversation sooner than you think.
So, there you go.