I love Christmas but, being self employed, money is always tight this time of year. Several years ago, when the economy went south, and no one had much money, our family decided that we would stop doing gifts for adults. There’s not one of us who needs anything, and if you buy a ten dollar gift, just to be buying something, (as old southern folks would say) it ain’t much count anyway. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love gifts, no matter how much they cost, if it’s a thoughtful gift. But buying a gift simply because you think you have to buy everyone something? Nah. In my book, it’s just not necessary. Anyway, I would rather concentrate on Jesus at Christmas! Or would I?!
I have to confess. Lately, it’s been hard for me to have decent quiet time in the mornings, because online shopping keeps calling my name!!! Dang you Christmas sales!! Let’s see…spending time with Jesus OR surfing the net for cool gifts?! Ashamedly, I have to admit there’s been several mornings I’ve chosen to shop, but it sure sounds good when I say I want my Christmas to be centered around Jesus doesn’t it?
It makes me think, do I really want to celebrate our Savior, or is that the Christian thing for me to say when I don’t have much money? “We’ve decided not to buy much this year because we want OUR Christmas to be Christ centered!” Is that the truth, or is it that WE’RE JUST BROKE!?If we say something we should mean it! We might look good to our friends, but God knows the motives of our hearts. Just saying that we want Christmas to be about Jesus isn’t really worth the wasting of our breath, now is it?
Dang it! God’s got His work cut out for Him with me! And I’ve got MY work cut out for me! I got to decorate this place for Christmas! I hate to admit this, but my fall decorations are still up inside and outside our store. Don’t judge. Plus, I really need to finish my online shopping! Tis’ the season right?!
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:12-13)