Very few things matter because at the end of the day, much of what makes up our lives is fleeting, temporal. We sweat and stress over paying the bills, buying Christmas presents, keeping our homes clean -- all of which only gets repeated the next week, the next month, or the next year.
Everything matters because how we engage with this world and the choices we make don't stop here, they have eternal implications. How we love, how we eat, how we pray matters. And if we are centered on the one true thing that matters, then that shapes everything: how we work, how we shop, how we raise our children. The Westminster Catechism says "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever." If we see that there is not one thing we're after, but the person of Jesus who connects us to the God that gives us purpose and is the one thing that can satisfy us, then everything matters in light of our response to Him.
So, my hope is that these things matter as we delight in Him (in no particular order, not to say they don't deserve one):
- Prayer (also see silence)
- A good story
- Marriage (also see laughter, sex, and work)
- Children (also see work)
- Being vulnerable
- Art (hopefully good art)
- Making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
- Shopping for groceries
- Feeding the hungry
- Playing hard
- Good food (and who you share it with)
- Rabbit trails
I hope this Christmas the one who truly matters, who made us a way back to God and is coming to make all things right will be present with you.