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'Tis The Season ... For Holiday.Death.Spiral.?

For many people the holiday season (whatever holiday that is for the individual) is not a time of joy, family, fun, and fond memories but instead one of sadness, a reminder of loss, and a general sense of gloom and depression. And no, not all of this is due to the drab weather outside.

Some of it is due to a real and genuine senes of loss and despair, from memories of hurt and pain inflicted from others and from ones self. But what are we to do about these holiday blues, this Holiday.Death.Spiral?

We all know that New Year's Resolution's are hard to follow through on and that 25% of people abandon their resolutions after one week—60% do so within six months. The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution 10 separate times without success. And you can try to mitigate these dismal percentages with things like Micheal Hyatt's Best Year Ever.


The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution 10 separate times without success. [tweet this] #ChangeIsHard


Christian's throughout the centuries have called this season advent ... and for good reason. Advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event and as Christians await the promised second coming of their Lord and King Jesus Christ, there is a sense of expectation, wonder, but also of weariness. Weariness of waiting. Weariness of injustices. Weariness of failure. This is why the scriptures are full of reminders and admonitions to struggle agains weariness (c.f. Gal 6:9; Heb 12:3; Rev 2:3; etc.).

During this season dear Christian, especially if it tends to be more of a Holiday.Death.Spiral for you than a time of joy and celebration, we must fight our weariness, and fight to remember that God's slowness is not as we think (2 Pet 3:9), and that our present troubles are in fact outweighed by our future glory (Rom 8:18).


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