Today’s topic is the who, what, when, where, why, and how of Christmas.
Yesterday you may have taken that brainstorming suggestion and may have grown anxious as a result. It can happen. When I made my list, it looked something like this:
- The tree
- Birthdays (we will have 3 between Thanksgiving and New Year’s)
- Wish lists
Secretly entwined in that list is all the who’s that are affected by this sprinkled with the what to do, the when to do it, where to do it, why do it, and how on earth will it all get done!?
Maybe if I would ponder more on who as in the ultimate Who, the Lord, I would not be experiencing a near panic attack right now.
When did it become expected that we would take cute photos of our children (I dare not appear on a card) to send to so many we haven’t seen in years and spending a small fortune all the while doing it? Could a village in India find better use with my money spent on goats and chickens to feed a few families there at the same time the Gospel is shared with them…food for their souls? That’s food for thought for me.
Or, what about this? Really consider just how many invitations you will accept. You may get a ton this time of year. To attend all the parties, swaps, and teas can wear you out.
Shopping. Oh my, but it can on a life of its own. We mill around for hours trying to find the perfect gift to give the ones who have no need of anything. I have often wondered how my family would react if we spent on others in need what we would have spent on ourselves in need of nothing. I can remember reading the Little House on the Prairie books as a child and being flabbergasted by their enthusiasm for receiving a piece of stick candy, an orange, and a corn husk doll fashioned by “Pa”. That was all?! Being content with simple things is a virtue difficult to explain much less emulate for this one.
Do you see where I head with today’s post?
Maybe it’s time for us to take a long, hard look at those lists we made and ask the LORD where we can cut back and where we can cut out. It may not be that we can do any of that and keep our consciences satisfied. But, maybe there is one area that screams at you as the prime place to take some different measures in a direction this year.
What will it be?