This past Christmas season, my world was full of moving boxes and packing tape. One week and two days before Christmas, my husband and I moved into a home we built in West Virginia. Because of some delay in the beginning of the building process, our move-in date ended up being closer to Christmas than was originally anticipated.
As I sat in our apartment surrounded by moving boxes early in December, I thought to myself that this would likely be a “different” type of Christmas season. So much of it would be spent preparing to move, actually moving, and then unpacking. I wasn’t sure if I’d feel much of the Christmas spirit at all.
Truth be told, it turned out to be a wonderful Christmas season full of the Christmas spirit. But during those early December days, I felt like maybe I was shortchanging Christmas by moving during this sacred and special season. I felt some guilt that I wouldn’t be able to do as many Christmas activities that help me get into the Christmas mindset.
Shortly after Christmas, I came across this quote by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.”
This message isn’t one that just applies to the Christmas season, but it applies to the entire year. During those early December days, when I felt like I was shortchanging Christmas, I found comfort when I realized that more important than making it “feel” like Christmas was remembering to strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ each day through daily scripture study and prayer throughout the Christmas season and always.
I know my life won’t always be full of moving boxes, but it will likely always be full of something. No matter what, I must remember that there should always be room for Jesus Christ. I am the "innkeeper" of my life and of my time. As I begin this new year, my hope is to live my life in a way that metaphorically says, "The door is always open. There is always room for Christ to enter in."
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