The above title may seem like it goes along more with Lent than with Advent.
There are some similarities and disparities between the two. They are both a preparation time for a celebration of a Holy Event. The Son of God being born into our world and then being crucified and dying for our sins so we can be born again through Him. He's kind of a big deal. It is easy to focus on other things though at this time.
At work today, I had a fresh, young idealist I work with asking me why I didn't push more for multiple recommendations for a patient. He knew I had a plethora of ideas of how my patient's life could be made better, but I focused on one. "Why didn't you tell her all the other things you would recommend?" he asked. "Because, judging by her responses in our exchange, I think I only have enough relationship capital to spend on one thing." "Huh?" he said. "Well, I've gotten to the point where I realize if I convince people I'm right on one thing, they are more likely to listen to me on others, so I save those battles for later." Further elaborating, "If the one thing I said works, she will come back for more. If I tell her she is doing six things wrong with her dog, she won't listen to me on any." As I prepare for our Lord's coming at Christmas, I think I have to adapt a little bit of that psychology to my thinking. If I can just focus on the celebration and anticipation of our Lord's coming to open my heart and to focus on giving of myself (not my baked goods and other stuff) to others, maybe He will help me work on all the other stuff when I'm ready.