For years I’ve gone against my desire to deck the halls as a way of getting rid of the idol. Yes, it had become an idol. Instead of worshiping our Savior, I was worshiping the season. I allowed myself to get caught up in the joy of Christmas, rather than revering God who gave us the reason to celebrate. It was very hard because I love all of the festivities and fun. Then I heard our Father tell me that it was okay for me to enjoy the season, and that it was okay to get caught up in the festivities because I was His child and He knows how much I love it. I had a reminder of how gracious and loving He is and if his little girl wanted to decorate, she could! So, I put up a tree and stopped denying my love for Christmas. I know the reason we celebrate, and He is worthy of that celebration. Nothing I do can change His love for me; my sin is hidden in Jesus and that’s something to celebrate!
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6