Finding Personal Preference In Advent

 
“I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed.” 
-Ezekiel 36:26
 
One of my real honest-to-goodness struggles during this season are all of the Christmas decorations.  I love most of them.  Going into an At Home store is overload for me.  I love that one.  I want that one.  Gotta have that one. 
 
I have a Nativity room. 
A Santa collection. 
A battery-operated, flickering candle in every window. 
A snowman and a snow-woman room. 
A country farmhouse tree. 
And, of course, each area has its own Yankee Candle scent. 
But a neighbor … just a few houses down, has a giant inflatable “Christmas” minion in the front yard.  Even worse is that house around the block that has a Santa riding an elephant.  What’s with that?  
 
Taste, my friends!  
Personal taste!
Personal preference!  
What may be true in Christmas decorations … taste and preference … can it also be true in Advent?   Because personal preference is often in conflict with what God desires from us, the answer is no.  The season of Advent is so much more. 
 
The most important aspect of Advent is the challenge.  The challenge to get right with God and to put our hearts out there so that god can chip away the stony built up layers.  Or, if need be, remove our hard hearts and replace them with a heart that is full of life.  
 
This is how a heart grows three sizes, my friends.