Giving to Jesus at Christmas
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — For my 5-year-old daughter, Christmas is about the presents. Haly knows Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but at her age the anticipation of opening the presents under the tree is what keeps her awake at night.
Haly has a knack for unwrapping gifts in record time. When she begins opening presents, the living room becomes like a cyclone — wrapping paper and bows flying everywhere. Even the dog and cat run for cover.
While her sisters tend to savor each gift and express their love and appreciation, Haly figures she can admire the gifts and say thank you later. She’s a kid on a mission: to open everything as quickly as possible.
Last Christmas, I told her it was “more fun to give presents than to receive them.” She shot back a disbelieving look, as if considering whether I had lost my mind.
Sometimes, as adults, we behave much like a small child at Christmas: We take Christ’s gifts for granted; we fail to adequately express our gratitude to Him; we focus on what we can get from Him rather than what we can give to Him.
But may we look for ways this Christmas to give to Jesus. May we express our gratitude for His gift of eternal life by giving to others, by being faithful to His work, by obeying His commandments and by praising His name.
Soon Haly will discover that Christmas is all about Jesus. And, hopefully, she’ll learn that true fulfillment comes from giving her life to Him.
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