Liz fears this word in our house. It comes out of lips at the meal table in our kitchen or we are just about to go out as a family or in mid conversation in a coffee shop. I do it sub-consciously (but occasionally consciously). It signifies to Liz and the girls that I have had enough of waiting and this is the time for action. Right! Time to leave a meal table and get on. Right! Time for us to actually try to leave the house somewhere near to the time we actually agreed we would (I live in a house of girls!) or Right! I have just done my mental to-do-list in my head and unless the day has 36hrs I need to get going.
That is how it feels to me as I enter the season of Advent. Right! Here we go – time for action – if I thought I was busy before Advent then just wait for the next few weeks. There will be lots of ‘Rights!’ My very summarised to-do-list looks like this
- lots of services
- six School Nativities
- advertise this and that
- last Alpha meal/talk
Oh and Christmas, buy presents, work out what we are eating and write cards! The pew sheet just isn’t big enough. I think if Jesus returned, as described in Luke this week, I might, if He was lucky, find a slot in my list (but way down the bottom). All these things are important but are they the most important and what should I be saying “right” to?
In Advent, we should be giving ourselves space and time to prepare for the birth of Jesus. The Advent Quiet afternoon on 5th December is much needed time and space in order to re-evaluate my to-do-list, so I can focus on the most important aspect of life in Advent or any other season – my relationship with God through his Son with the power of his Holy Spirit.