The Stress of Having Babies and Christmas

The Stress of Having Babies and Christmas

“So how do you like being a father?”

That’s the most common question I get these days. The short answer is, “I absolutely love it.”

But it’s surprisingly stressful. The slow-building kind of stress. The kind that sneaks up on you. I notice Emily and I are kind of irritable with each other or feeling a little down, then I realize – Oh ya, our life has just completely changed!

Emily and I were talking about the stress today and I jokingly commented, “I wonder if Mary got stressed or discouraged after having Jesus?”

How much weight would it be off your shoulders to realize you just had God’s Son. Surely God will take care of things and make this super-smooth, right? Or, maybe it went the other way. Maybe it was majorly stressful thinking This is God’s Son, I better not mess this up!

I tend to think it was probably a little stressful for Mary. Mostly because she was a human and I’ve seen over and over that we humans are prone to get stressed out even when we are staring at gifts that came straight from heaven – our families, friends, homes.

It’s weird how easy it is to get worried and overwhelmed with all the great things what God has given you. But I think the only way to truly live free is to realize that, yes you are responsible to care for the gifts God gave you, but ultimately, above all else he wants us to enjoy those gifts. The only way to do that is to realize that God has all the grace you need to handle whatever gifts he has given you – if you’ll lean into his strength.

Don’t let this season overwhelm you or stress you out. Christmas is a gift. Enjoy it and all the gifts that come with it – family, friends, parties, gift giving. They are wonderful gifts of God’s grace.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. (James 1:17, 1 Tim. 6:7)