Holidays are a time of tags. They convey messages, identify who something is for and from, at times they include instructions of what to do or not do. Our tags stick to, tie on, and sometimes are simply forgotten (ever had that gift with no tag or card to identify who it's from?). We all carry our own "tags" around with us - past traumas, fears, joys, expectations, judgments, loves, likes, tears...the positive and negative. Some seem tied on, flapping in the breeze while others must be super-glued and others we simply refuse to acknowledge or see at all. Usually we try to keep everything contained so others don't find out what's really going on inside. Often during the holidays, however, the symptoms of our "tags" can seep out. Something about how we're "supposed to feel" during this time of year just doesn't mesh with our current personal truth and it becomes more difficult to hold everything in and keep on that fake smile and mask of happiness.

So spend a moment of time reading your tags and let the Lord highlight one or two He wants you to work on with Him. Shrinking and possibly even removing the negative tags while growing and expanding the positives.

Bethany Young