This Christmas was a first for me in many ways. After celebrating Christmas for over 30 years, this is the first time I've ever been the parent of a child old enough to understand and voice her opinion on gifts she received.
I have to admit, that even though I felt a little bad I was still proud of Mustang's response to her gifts. She looked at them and she wished more of her wish list was there. To be fair, her list included a laptop, video camera, iPad, cell phone, Barbie movie and a money counting jar. She had already received the Barbie movie, but nothing else on her list (Santa brought the money counting jar the next day).
Clearly disappointed, but trying to be thankful, she said 'Maybe I'm just tired, Mom.' Of course that made me feel a bit guilty, but obviously I couldn't have filled her list unless I went way over budget. Opening the marshmallow shooters and engaging in a family war improved her mood and she was ready to check out the gifts that weren't on her list. Turns out she did like them!
So what about you? Did you get everything you wanted this Christmas? What about this year? What about this lifetime? Yes?? No? Either way, are you happy?
One of my favorite Veggie Tales movies of all time is Madame Blueberry. If you haven't seen it, the jest is this blueberry (no not a veggie) is very blue. She wants to be happy. She tries to buy her happiness by visiting the newly opened Stuff Mart. Madame Blueberry fills so many carts that her house ends up falling down under the weight of the new items.
At one point, she looks up at the sales men and asks "What isle are the happy hearts in?" They look at each other, eager to make a sale, and are very disappointed to admit that-of all the many things they carry in their store-they didn't have happy hearts.
But their store is not alone, you can't buy happy hearts. Our happiness doesn't come from new cars, toys, clothes, houses, vacations, or even even from owning nothing.
True happiness comes from knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
This Christmas thing isn't really about toys or ham or even spending time with family. Not really. They are great add-ons. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the one and only thing we ever really need. That missing piece that makes us complete. Jesus is 'The Reason for the Season.' He's also the reason for living, dying, and everything else we do in life.
For most of you, you are thinking. I know that. I know that true happiness comes from Christ.
So then, why are you trying to do His job by filling your home and life with stuff??? Why are you trying to fill that void with anything but Him?
If you replace Him with stuff, your house will be like Madame Blueberry's. So full of stuff that it FALLS DOWN. No not the building (at least probably not). I'm talking about the home you are trying so hard to build for your children.
Proverbs 14:1 "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down."
Are you building a home that helps lead your children to Christ, or a home that is full of replacements?
As you spend this week contemplating the year of 2012 and look forward to 2013, challenge yourself to ask hard questions. Have you spent your money, time, and things wisely this year? Is it time to make some changes?
I know that I have been very convicted of these things the last few months, and I pray that God will carry me this next year-showing me what things are taking up His place in our home.
I am not Madame Blueberry, God has already filled me with His happiness. It is time for me to start living like it. I pray that you will join me.
I also pray you are having a wonderful Christmas week!