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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Kelly

The Main Thing

Keep the main thing the main thing. It’s a simple idea, but in a world of infinite distraction and opportunity, it is disturbingly difficult to keep the main thing the main thing. And it is impossible if we are not clear about what the main thing is to begin with.

Welcome back to Best Christmas Ever! Where we are exploring 28 Ways to Make this Your Best Christmas Ever!

#4 is… Keep the main thing the main thing.

What you choose to focus on is so important in life. It’s important in your career, in your personal finances, with your health, in your marriage and parenting, in your spirituality, and in every other aspect of life.

Focus. This is one of the most powerful tools you possess. Whatever you choose to focus on will determine everything. This is true at every stage of life, and it is true during Advent and Christmas. Choose to focus on everything being perfect and you will drive yourself crazy, and Christmas will be your most anxious and stressful ever.

Focus on Jesus and that will determine everything. As we journey toward Christmas, think of Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water toward Jesus. He was walking on water, until he took his eyes off Jesus. Then he began to sink. The same is true for you and me.

Jesus is the main thing. Well, he is obviously not a thing, but in the context of keeping the main thing the main thing, you know what I mean. And if Jesus is the main thing, the color of the napkins is not the main thing. If everyone can come is not the main thing. What we eat is not the main thing. The perfect gift is not the main thing. Whether or not the Christmas tree is too large or small is not the main thing.

This Christmas, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keeping the main thing the main thing makes life a lot simpler, and with that simplicity comes lightheartedness… and lightheartedness is a sign of the spiritual childhood we should all aspire to at Christmas.

Matthew Kelly

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