The season really begins with preparations for the Thanksgiving feast with recipes and grocery lists in hand, leading up to a day of stuffing turkeys and stuffing faces.
Then after bellies full and kitchen sinks piled high, the torrent of offers, deals and discounts, discounting the real reason we celebrate, arrives Black, snuffing out Thanksgiving before we barely had time for seconds. All for GAIN? Then the Christmas season hastens by, leaving bills, torn gift wrapping paper, and empty boxes behind. God forbid, empty hearts, if we are not careful.
I am weary with, “I wants…!” and “Can I haves…?” Not just from them, but from me, too! The next best thing??? The greatest iPhone yet??? Maybe an iPad, too. “I want and wish I had…” Yet I am so blessed with more than I can find room for.
Christmas season is synonymous with gifts. Gift buying and giving and getting is not inappropriate. Yet, something does not feel right. I know there has to be more, more than just consuming. More that I need to see. More to model for my kids.
Though He is God…
He did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up his divine privileges;
He took the humble position of a servant
and was born as a human being.
When He appeared in human form,
He humbled Himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Philipians 2:6-8 NLT
Perhaps I am being to hard on myself. All these things are good and sweet…
Or maybe, just maybe, He is calling me higher. Maybe He is gently nudging and whispering, and let me incline my ear to hear. Maybe He is calling us, my whole family, to a higher place in Him. His call, I will answer.
It is more blessed to give, than receive.
How do I teach that to teenagers, children and toddler, when I hardly practice as an adult? It cannot be taught. It must be lived.
“God help me.”
Because He gave, and keeps giving. Because He loved first and keeps loving.
We don’t need more stuff! We need more heart to feel what others feel. We need more selflessness lived out daily. We need more love and compassion supported by our works, not more words. We need more of God.
I pray for the Spirit of God dwell in our home so that the whole world will see Jesus. I dream of raising children that will be selfless servant leaders. I have a vision for raising world changers and history makers. Yet, some days I look in the mirror, and I feel like this is foolishly impossible.
“God, help me.”
that I may GAIN… You.