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Setting a Christmas Alert

09 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Setting a Christmas Alert
Setting a Christmas Alert
 

I’m Busy

googlecalendarI love my google calendar. I am by no means a super tech-savvy guy, but I have figured a few things out and skipped having to recreate the wheel (reading the directions) by asking some of my nerdy friends for helpful hints. My google calendar is a great ministry tool that works well on a number of levels between my personal computer and cell phone.

Like you, I have my appointments set and important dates entered. I like that it will remind me of birthdays and important anniversaries. I also have a bunch of shared calendars to help me keep track of other folks who are just as busy as me.

Here’s the best part of my Google calendar, I use it to be mindful of a multitude of really important conversations. I create appointments to remember details of conversations, especially ones that happen when I am on the road or away from my desk.

I use it to remind myself to reconnect with someone who is having surgery in a month. Setting an alert helps me remember to pray for and contact folks who are waiting on exciting news or working through some messy circumstances. I know, it seems pretty stale and impersonal, but it is extremely helpful.

And here’s why: I tend to live in my own little world and forget things that are not right in front of me. Without those calendar appointments and alerts I would forget about what matters most… people. At best, I would mix up dates and details which would definitely communicate, “I don’t really care”. I do care though and I want to be the guy who keeps track, stays in contact and remembers the important things.

Christmas Busyness

With Christmas just a few weeks away, I bet your calendar is getting pretty full. The busyness of the Christmas season easily overpopulates our google calendars with all sorts of church services, community outreaches, special events, family gatherings, decorating deadlines and holiday baking on top of all of our typical appointments and meetings.

Before it’s 2015 and the local stores are pulling out the Easter candy, let me encourage you to remember another calendar; our Christian Calendar. I will be the first to admit I readily forget that we have a rhythm to our calendar year with Christmas (and Easter) as a defining pillar of celebration.

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Today, our Christian Calendar would tell us that we are in the midst of Advent. It would also give us alerts each day, maybe even a few times throughout each day; calling us to stop, to be mindful and to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. He is coming!

A Christmas Alert

Maybe all you need is a post-it note stuck to your keyboard or a note card tucked in your Bible. You could also set yourself a few appointments/alerts on your google calendar. Whatever alert you use, listen to it.

Take some today and each day to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior.

Bonus Points – I’m sure google calendar has an Advent Calendar option or someone out there has designed an app for that. Help those of us who are less fortunate (not as nerdy), comment below if you have a good calendar or app resource for Advent and Christmas.

Editor’s Note: Vanderbilt’s Website offers a guide to adding the Revised Common Lectionary to a Google Calendar Account. While it would include, advent reminders, it would also include reading from the Christian Calendar throughout the year. You can find the guide here: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/calendar.php

 

Ben Myers
Camp Director at Arrowhead Bible Camp
Ben Myers has served as the Camp Director at Arrowhead Bible Camp in Brackney, PA for the past 13 years. Arrowhead is a ministry committed to discipleship through its programs for adults with developmental disabilities, missions opportunities for youth groups, and mentoring of High School and College students. Ben also teaches as an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College and holds degrees from Cairn University and Baptist Bible Seminary.