This year, I spent Christmas in Singapore and I attended Christmas services on Saturday at 3 p.m. The venue was almost jam-packed but lucky that I managed to get a seat with the help of a friend who had reached there earlier. The service was great. The drama was awesome. The sermon by Pastor Kong Hee was encouraging. 🙂
The theme for this year was “Celebrating What Matters Most this Season. Because It’s Christmas”. The storyline of the drama was about family gathering on Christmas day. How the Father who had lost his wife feeling neglected because of the busy schedule of his children. Eventually, all his children gathered and one by one felt regret to not spend time with their Father because they thought that something bad had happened to him. The story was simple but yet the message was sent clearly to the audiences.
Doesn’t it often happen to our real life as well? Honest to say, since I was still in high school, I felt that I have lost my privilege time to stop thinking. Overwork is a word which sticks closely to me if I don’t put myself under control. I noticed that the older I am, the more responsible I have, the more things that I need to do, and the lesser time I could have for my family, friends and even myself. And I believe that not only me experiencing this.
But in every challenge we are facing, we learn something. Because of this, we learn how to manage our time better and how to prioritize our tasks better. So, what matters most to me on Christmas? Besides God, I can say that spending time with family and friends are mattered most. I work hard, I earn more, but if I lost my relationship with others, it will be totally meaningless.
A week before Christmas, I got myself a new sketchbook. I tried to draw something to represent what does Christmas mean to me. When I was thinking about it, my hands drew out a rough sketch of a happy couple, then next to it was a happy family. The joy on their faces. This should be the impact of Christmas because Christ has born for us. 🙂
Then a week later, should I say it is a coincidence? But the drama was also talking about the same thing – family and relationship with others. Perhaps, it was a private message or reminder for me. :p
The year 2012 will end soon. However, the better year is already impatiently waiting for us. So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the joy of Christmas and blessing be with all of us always. 🙂