November 27, 2018
Being a classroom teacher and administrator in a Christian school for almost nine years and now a new mom, I continue to ask the Lord to guide me in how I can practically put Christ at the center of all things for my students and now my daughter. "Christ-centered" is one of FBA's core values; therefore, we share the deep conviction that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in everything (Colossians 1:13-23). We are called to be Christ-centered in all that we are and in all that we do. However, at this time of year, this heart-cry becomes more intense.
The task of showing the importance of Christ above all else during the holidays can be an overwhelming task, while living in a world that values consumerism and self-indulgence.
As believers, we are called to look different than the world, but the practical ways on how to daily model this to our children can be difficult and exhausting during the holiday season. During this season, I strive to model and remain Christ-centered by valuing three things: worship, time-spent, and giving.
- Worship: My family made it a tradition early in my life to attend our church's Christmas Eve service. This has become a tradition for my own family. This is a practical way to remember Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our King, and worshiping with other believers is a practice that puts Christ at the center of the holiday season.
- Time-spent: In the Bible, we find many examples of Christ developing relationships and investing time in others. When I was young, my parents would spend one-on-one time with myself and my sister during this season. They would spend time with us individually by taking us out for a day. This simple tradition modeled and instilled the importance of developing a relationship. My parents were willing to invest time in us in a one-on-one setting to show they loved and cared for us during what seems to be the busiest time of year. This modeled that people are important and spending time with those we love is a priority.
- Giving: During these one-on-one days, my parents were also teaching the joy in giving, by allowing us to pick and purchase a gift for a family member. With these two examples, I learned from an early age to value giving, family, worship, and above all else, Christ. To be Christ-centered, calls for us to establish the priority of worship and service while seeking to develop a relationship with a generation who can impact the world for Christ.
I pray that as you make plans, celebrate traditions, and spend time with your children during this holiday season, Christ will be the center and the importance of the gospel will be made so clear to your family.
Hannah Vickery is currently serving at First Baptist Academy as Co-Headmaster. She and her husband, Daniel, reside in Powell with their daughter, Noah Ruth.