"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11
It's Christmas morning and I am the only one awake in my house, waking up nearly two hours before my alarm clock was set to go off. Apparently, the excitement is just too much for me! :)
Christmas. The most wonderful day of the year! It's the time when all the planning, all the preparation and all the presents align to make some very magical memories.
I absolutely cannot wait to see the girls' faces when they open their gifts in a little while. Why? Because this year we got them some really good gifts.
Both girls will be getting their very own American Girl Doll. Not just any ol' 18 inch doll. Nope. We went big and got them the real deal.
The gifts are a big sacrifice on our part. They were costly. They were extravagant.
So why such gifts this Christmas?
Because we love our daughters. Period.
No, we do not spoil them. No, we will not always be able to make this kind of purchase. But...
This year they made no wish lists for material things.
This year our family tried to focus on giving to others instead of receiving only for ourselves.
This year we tried to revel in the joy and contentment of our eternal treasure in Christ versus the temporary trinkets of this world.
And as I wait for them to wake up, I can't help but wonder. Will they know how costly their gifts are? Will they understand the sacrifice we made? Will their hearts be truly grateful for their gifts?
Hopefully, their new dolls will become their best friends. Hopefully, they will honor and respect the extravagant gift they've been given. Hopefully, they will express great joy and gratitude when they receive them. Hopefully, they will treasure the good gifts they've been given.
And as these thoughts dance around in my mind this morning, I think of my Heavenly Father. I can't help but wonder if He thinks similar thoughts of us and His good and perfect gift to us.
Perhaps He hopes we will pause this morning.
Take a moment to notice. To remember His Son. To give thanks for the costly, extravagant gift He planned in advance to give us thousands of years ago.
Maybe He hopes to see great joy and great contentment expressed in our hearts as we awake to Christmas.
After all, He's given us the greatest gift we could ever receive, His one and only Son. Jesus.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
2 Corinthians 9:15
2 Corinthians 9:15
|Christmas 2011 |
Shortly after receiving their gifts! Big smiles!