• Robert Davis

Are we in the Christmas Spirit?

Tis the season, as we so often hear on TV, radio and internet ads; each enticing us to spend on the latest, "scarce" holiday season gadgets. Don't worry, this isn't a rant about the consumerization of Christmas or the pressures we feel to show our love for others through increased spending and debt. Instead, I hope to share some thoughts about my new understanding of Christmas.

You see, like so many, I typically feel the anxiety, particularly for my Son, to "out-do" last year. How will he know we love him, if this year isn't bigger than last!? In 2020, I presume many of us are feeling the pressures more than ever.

We tell our kids, "it better to give than to receive", which is totally true by the way. However, if we reflect on this.. how did we give? I revert to my prior comment. If I'm being honest, I often gave as a way to affirm myself. Maybe this person will love me more if I give this much? What will they think of me? -again, here comes the anxiety and guilt (each tricks being played upon us).

I am so happy and relieved to say, this year was different for me, I gotta give it up to God and my ongoing journey to listen to His messages.

"When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." -Matthew 2:10

See, I'm learning that our loved ones don't want things from us, gadgets which are certain to be replaced next year, as an expression of our love for them.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

They want us.

Our friends and family want to know that when we did give, we gave from the heart; giving yourself by investing time in their interests and ideas.

The greatest gift we can offer, is ourselves. I believe that's what Jesus wants for us; to be present and helpful in the life of another.

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." -Mark 10:45

This holiday season, I pray you will invest your full self into family and friends. May each of us put our gifts and gadgets aside to be present and engaging in the lives of others. The reinforcing love you give, guided by the Father is sure to have an everlasting impact.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." -Ephesians 2:10

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