“But do not let it trouble your mind that we see the unrighteous possessing wealth while the servants of God experience hardships. Let us have faith, brothers and sisters! We are competing in the same contest of a living God and are being trained by the present life in order that we may be crowned in the life to come. “~Clement of Rome
As the holidays approach us, it is only natural to have some holiday stress come creeping in. However, do not let that stress ruin your winter break or Christmas. This is a time to have some quiet time with yourself and rest your body. This past year has been challenging for everybody, but try not to focus on what you don’t have. You know, what Clement of Rome wrote resonates with me because it’s so easy to get jealous over people who have more things than you do, and you feel like you have more to offer the world than they do. At the end of the day, you have to take a step back and admire the things you do have. For instance, think of a time where you felt like quitting but didn’t, and you were rewarded for that. Or think of a time you were happy that something good happened to a person other than yourself, and then later something good happened to you.
The holidays should be about memories spent with the people who have the same mindset as you, and that is being happy for others who do good things and spreading love and sharing God’s love with the people who don’t have it. This unprecedented time should not ruin your Christmas but bring your family closer and help you learn more about gratitude. Also, make sure that when the new year comes and this whole pandemic is over, your spending time with the people who do not waste your time! Time is so precious, and the more you spend time with the people who are not happy for you, the more you put on a mask, and the right people for you see right through you. Life is short, so don’t feel guilty spending time with the people who love you over the people who laugh at you and are jealous of you. Success comes to those who spend quality time with like-minded people like you who see something in you that you don’t. You should never feel bad about having time to yourself or not wanting to waste your time on people who merely want you to fail because they are not doing well. Please try not to be so hard on yourself this holiday, and remember that the right people for you are cheering for you.