I will admit it…I am a church dork. I am 26 year old church dork, and I am not afraid to admit it. I love old ladies singing hymns at the top of their lungs, I like robes and stoles. I like mission trips, and I even like church picnics with Jell-0 salads. What makes me really dorky is that I love love love the church seasons. If you didn’t know, the Christian year begins with advent. The colors are blue or purple (I like blue…but purple works too.)
The first Sunday in advent I told my youth “Happy Christian New Year!” and they all looked at me like I was insane. “Justin, New Year is in January. Look at a calendar.” I decided to not teach the lesson I had planned and instead talk about the Christian calendar instead. It got me thinking, as Christians we start the year waiting.
We start the year waiting for Christ to come into the world. It’s hard to remember that when we are running around trying to get ready for Christmas. We start a whole new year waiting, living in a way that we can most fully experience Christ coming into our lives. For me this year that means that I am taking time to not add more things on my “to do” list. It just means that I am paying attention more fully to the things I already do.
Youth (and the adults who work with them) can sometimes get so wrapped up in piling more and more into our schedule. This advent season start your year waiting, don’t add more to life. Slow down, live the life you already are more abundantly. The hard part is slowing down, examining, and asking for guidance. In this way we are truly waiting for Christ to be born in our lives, our families, and our churches. Maybe I’m a church dork…but this advent season I’m going to be a patient church dork.
by Justin Zeigler
Loving God, Loving Neighbor