12 Ways to Live the Christmas Spirit: #3 Know What You're All About

Three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree—that’s what your true love is supposed to show up with today. Whether things are going that well for you this season or not, here’s something you can do on this third day of Christmas that will make your entire Christmas season better.

#3 Way to Live the Christmas Spirit: Know What You’re All About

It’s easy to feel lost during the Christmas season—in some kind of blur between the common cold you’re fighting and the retailers who seem more pushy than usual. One easy way to combat the lost-ness many of us feel this time of year is to know what you’re all about. Have you written down what you’re all about? Do you remind yourself of it?

Write an Individual or Family Mission

Take a few minutes to write down what you plan to accomplish in this life, and who you want to be. During the first round of doing so, don’t overthink it—you can always revise it later through prayer, discernment, and further dialogue.

Having a statement to live by goes a long ways when you’re lost in the chaos of the Christmas season—it grounds you again.

After you personally write your statement, consider working through the same process with your family. Just answer the questions: “What do we really want to be? Who do we really want to be?”

Be Local, and Be Global

When writing your mission, think about how you’re going to help others locally and globally. Picture how you (all) can make a difference not just among the people you know, but also among the people you don’t know.

Here is Jesus’ Economy’s statement about “Who We Are”—what we’re all about: Jesus’ Economy creates jobs, plant churches, and meets needs in the developing world. How we get there is articulated by the graphic and page that accompanies this statement.

How We Live Our Mission

See the full-size infographic here.

I always feel better when I center myself on my values again. And I’m betting you and your family will feel the same way.

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John Barry
John Barry


CEO, President, and Founder of Jesus' Economy. John is the author/coauthor of 12 books and General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary.