I guess you are all ready for Christmas, aren’t you? Presents bought and opened, turkey thawing and cooking, and cards delivered and opened.
I guess it is too late to tell you that you have spent too much and likely by now eaten too much. Indeed why should I mention it? You already know it. It was easier this year too, wasn’t it? Instead of fighting store crowds, you sat at the computer and clicked an order into the abyss of credit card mayhem.
Did you know the average mom/dad spends about $225.00 per child? Gosh, that gift pile doesn’t look like much, does it? So we add in a myriad of other stuff. Suddenly we find our bills well above $500.00 for each child. (Remember that $225.00 was only the average!)
Yet the Baby responsible for the entire Christmas season only got three presents, and then only once that we know of.
They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. (Matthew 2:11, MSG)
Maybe it is too late this year, but we have 365 days to reconsider for next year.
Prayer- Father, help us restrain our dollars and show our love in a more endearing way. That is what our children will really remember. Amen.