Kristin Fry

Holiday time is upon us—we are gearing up for dinners, decorations, gifts, and gatherings. ‘Tis the season to get hung up on the details--Should we add an extra centerpiece? Did I get the right number of gifts? Are the lights even working?--and miss the more important elements of these events. I appreciate the instruction that Jehovah gives to Moses about the Passover feast: “Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” (Exodus 12:26-27 NLT). The people are reminded to the share the story behind the feast.

He wanted them to remember the main thing. In his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about keeping “the main thing the main thing.” Obvious, right? But he’s talking about focus— and remaining focused on the things that matter most is a real challenge in our distracted world.

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