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Remembering the Reason

Isaiah 9:6- “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Today is what is known as Cyber Monday. We have already had Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday. The holiday season is in full swing. 

My Christmas tree is up. The lights have been strung on pretty much anything that will stand still long enough to receive them. The presents that I have purchased have been wrapped. The snow village is up. The calendar is quickly filling with party dates. Christmas cookies are on my mind. 

And then there is the other stuff like school soccer season is in full swing. Competition cheer is getting ready to gear up. My birthday is coming up and so is my son’s. Midterms will be here in 3 weeks for the kids – that means the studying will viciously commence. 

But in all this hustle and bustle and crazy, busy schedules…oh Lord help me not to forget why we celebrate. Help me not to forget why. 

Under my television, the focal point of just about any house (besides the kitchen), is the nativity scene. I put it there on purpose. I want a constant reminder of what this season is really all about – the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

It is way too easy to get caught up in the lights and the gifts and the decorations and the parties and the food. I need that constant reminder that this is the time of year that we celebrate and remember all that Jesus has done for us. He is the Wonderful. He is the Counselor. He is the Mighty God. He is the Everlasting Father. He is the Prince of Peace. He was our sacrifice. He bore our sin. And He did it all out of love. That is what Christmas is all about.

So as you go through your day today, listening to Christmas music, thinking about gifts and admiring all the lights and decorations, don’t forget why it is all out there – Jesus. Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

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And so it begins….

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

And so it begins – Black Friday is upon us. The stores are packed. Credit cards are being pushed to the limit. People have been out for hours buying stuff. Lots and lots of stuff.

Why? Why are we so focused on getting and giving big elaborate things to people who will probably never be satisfied with what they get? I sound like a Scrooge, don’t I?!

But let’s not look at the “what” that we give but rather let’s look at the “why”. Do you give people things because you have to or because you want to? I mean, really, stop and think about it for a minute. Think about all the people on your list this year. How many of those do you get gifts for because you feel that you have to to keep peace in the family?

Jesus is reminding us here that what you use to measure out with, that is what you will be given back. So, if you give out of necessity, you receive with the same spirit. Is that the way that you want to receive things, out of a sense of duty? I want to receive in the spirit of love and the desire to show it.

That’s the thing about Jesus, He doesn’t give to us out of duty. He always gives to us out of love and the desire to show it. He wants to give us so much that He has to press down the blessings and give them to us running over. There is no duty attached to His giving. He owes us nothing because He gave us everything.

So today, and this weekend, as buying for Christmas gets into full swing, look at your motives. Determine your reasons for giving to each person on your list. Find the gift that will say exactly how you feel about them – or at least try to do so. Giving should be an expression of love, not a duty.