One day my phone decided to stay in an update loop. Tech support made valiant efforts to un-loop it, but a factory reset was necessary. In case you don’t know, a factory reset wipes the phone clean. You can lose EVERYTHING.
Fortunately, I’m synced (or something along those lines), and I lost some stuff, but not EVERYTHING. However, an unexpected side effect of the reset was my phone runs quicker. Apparently, gunk that was slowing it down was wiped away by the reset.
Sometimes adults with divorced parents need seasonal resets too. Frustration, disappointment, triggers from past events, anger, and sadness can gunk up our enjoyment of Christmas and dampen our enthusiasm and hope for the new year.
Getting out the gunk
The best reset is turning our focus to the true meaning of this season. You don’t have to look far to find it. It’s all around us this time of year.
Joy to the world the Lord has come Let Earth receive her King.
Hark the Harold angels sing Glory to the newborn King Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled.
God rest ye merry gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas Day To save us all from Satan’s pow’r When we were gone astray Oh tidings of comfort and joy Comfort and joy Oh tidings of comfort and joy
It’s much easier to sing, Fa la la la la, la la la la with a joy filled heart when we reflect on the greatest gift God has ever given; His son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the expert at ridding us of gunk. Our part is to trust Him enough to allow Him to do what it takes. May this new year be a time of ACD gunk-removal and gratitude for a year filled with God’s blessings.